BBC: Israel 'cuts Palestinian water'

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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 3:26 pm » by Pindz


BBC: Israel 'cuts Palestinian water'

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Israel is denying Palestinians access to even the basic minimum of clean, safe water, Amnesty International says.

In a report, the human rights group says Israeli water restrictions discriminate against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

It says that in Gaza, Israel's blockade has brought the water and sewage system to "crisis point".

Israel says the report is flawed and the Palestinians get more water than was agreed under the 1990s peace deal.


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In the 112-page report, Amnesty says that on average Palestinian daily water consumption reaches 70 litres a day, compared with 300 litres for the Israelis.

It says that some Palestinians barely get 20 litres a day - the minimum recommended even in humanitarian emergencies.

Amnesty says that Israel denies West Bank Palestinians to dig wells, and has even destroyed cisterns and impounded water tankers.

At the same time, the report claims, Israeli settlers are enjoying swimming pools and green gardens.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8327188.stm
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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 3:51 pm » by Proto


http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1123951.html

Israel's water authority called the report "biased and incorrect, at the very least" and said that while there was a water gap, it was not nearly as big as presented in Amnesty's findings.

Amnesty said water consumption in Israel was 300 liters a day per person and 70 liters a day in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israel's water authority said those numbers were misleading because they took into account internal distribution and did not compare total water consumption. It said the total figures were 408 liters per day for Israelis and 287 liters for Palestinians.



A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Amnesty's statement that Israel was depriving the Palestinians of water as "preposterous."

Israel says it has met its obligations under the 1993 Oslo agreement while Palestinians have failed to meet their own requirements to recycle water and were not distributing water efficiently.

"Israel supplied Palestinians 20.8 million cubic liters above and beyond what it is obliged to do under the water agreement," said Netanyahu's spokesman, Mark Regev.

Israel, itself facing unprecedented water shortages and rising tariffs, controls much of the West Bank's supplies, pumping from an aquifer that bridges Israel and the territory.


Jerusalem-based non-profit organization NGO Monitor has accused Amnesty of tipping off a Palestinian activist about the contents of the document, thereby "timing its report to strengthen the Israel boycott campaign."

According to NGO Monitor, Omar Barghouti, a founder of the boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, planned a week ago to include sections of the Amnesty report in a November 1 entitled "water as a tool of apartheid and a means of ethnic cleansing."

An NGO Monitor employee said she had first learned about the lecture last week.

Amnesty spokesperson Dana Zimmerman said the organization had not shared its report with Barghouti. "I guess this activist got our report exactly the same way NGO monitor got our report," she said.

Barghouti confirmed to Haaretz that his lecture would rely on the report, but did not say how he had received it.

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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 6:05 pm » by Ogmios


I would trust Amnesty International before any government.
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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 6:07 pm » by Pindz


ogmios wrote:I would trust Amnesty International before any government.


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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 10:28 pm » by Proto


ogmios wrote:I would trust Amnesty International before any government.


sure , why looking at the facts when you just know you are right ...
facts are for losers anyway ... :bang;

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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 11:14 pm » by Darkplanet


proto wrote:
ogmios wrote:I would trust Amnesty International before any government.


sure , why looking at the facts when you just know you are right ...
facts are for losers anyway ... :bang;


You're not seriously condemning or calling Amnesty international liars are you? lol...That's pretty rich if you are.

I would suggest a looooooooooong period of reading regarding the organization and what they've done for people across the globe for the past few decades.

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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 11:52 pm » by Proto


darkplanet wrote:You're not seriously condemning or calling Amnesty international liars are you? lol...That's pretty rich if you are.


"Israel's water authority said those numbers were misleading because they took into account internal distribution and did not compare total water consumption. It said the total figures were 408 liters per day for Israelis and 287 liters for Palestinians.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Amnesty's statement that Israel was depriving the Palestinians of water as "preposterous."

Israel says it has met its obligations under the 1993 Oslo agreement while Palestinians have failed to meet their own requirements to recycle water and were not distributing water efficiently.

"Israel supplied Palestinians 20.8 million cubic liters above and beyond what it is obliged to do under the water agreement," said Netanyahu's spokesman, Mark Regev."

so what, you suggest Israel lies ?

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PostThu Oct 29, 2009 11:03 am » by Ogmios


Well, Israel did lie about their nuke programme.
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PostThu Oct 29, 2009 11:46 am » by Proto


i think they more like didn't denied or confirmed ,and
as far as i know the official stand of the government
is still the same , they neither deny or confirm .
kind of stupid stand after vanaunu exposed it ,
but they still choosing not to wave it in-front of the world face or show off
with it .

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PostThu Oct 29, 2009 12:02 pm » by Ogmios


proto wrote:i think they more like didn't denied or confirmed ,and
as far as i know the official stand of the government
is still the same , they neither deny or confirm .
kind of stupid stand after vanaunu exposed it ,
but they still choosing not to wave it in-front of the world face or show off
with it .


A bit like Iran and North Korea then, eh? Let's impose sanctions, embargos. Let's starve them out. Why is this not happening?
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