Posted by: r.m. | October 7, 2008

what water to drink?

Palestinian villagers drink unsafe agricultural water rather than trusting water provided by an Israeli company. … Palestinians’ mistrust is not unfounded, says a report presented at the event by Ayman Rabi, director of the Palestinian Hydrology Group, a non-governmental organisation based in Jerusalem.

“Israeli colonies discharge their untreated wastewater into Palestinian land, causing serious pollution threat to water resources,” says Rabi.

Palestinians are allocated no more than 8.2 percent of the total available water resources in the region, while Israel is using 57.1 percent and Jordan 34.7 percent.”

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  1. I don’t know much about politics, except that it’s “waja3 rass”. But politics aside, no body has the right to pollute what belongs to the world as a whole, or deny people water that they have a right to. I think such inhumaine acts should be dealt with internationally if possible, and certain international laws should be made. But in the world we live in today, that seems highly doubtful.

  2. Reina –

    Your comment raised a number of issues.
    (1) What is politics? Politics is basically the way that people treat each other. We can’t avoid politics. In this case, the situation in question is not a political one; rather, it is a case of occupier and occupied.
    (2) Yes, there are international laws that deal with this issue, and the laws are very clear: it is illegal for an occupier to change the physical nature of the occupied land, and illegal for an occupier to impose collective punishment on the occupied, and… much more
    (3) As for doubt, ah, Reina, laws are written by people, societies are designed by people, and thus, people have the ability to enforce the laws and to change societies. People. Together. Another world is possible.

    -Rania Masri

  3. Thank you Dr. Masri for your comment. I agree that people have the ability to change societies and enforce laws but how is that helping the Palestinians? How come these people have been denied most of there water for the past 60 years? And there is also the pollution. Where’s the justice in that?

  4. It is always hard to debate such issues.
    Ask an Israeli and he would stubbornly tell you, even desperately try to convince you, that it is his natural right to take advantage not only of the 57% but the whole 100%, since it’s the “promised land” we’re talking about. In this perspective, the Palestinians should be more thankful for the 8% they’re getting by an act of pure generosity.

    We find it so difficult and challenging to accept Israel’s monopoly over natural resources in the region as well as its savage way of dealing with a broad range of issues. We are so appalled by our “neighbors'” behavior not solely because we are arabs who support the Palestinian Cause, but mostly because Israel is in such a deep contradiction with our most basic and innate belief: the goodness of mankind.


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