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Many Palestinian houses in Qalqilya were flooded after Israel refused to open rain hatches in the separation wall. (Islam Online photo)

"Damming" West Bank farmers
By Atef Saad, Electronic Intifada 3/3/2005
Sixty-two-year-old Shafiqa Massoud is, for all intents and purposes, the head of the household. Hers is a typical peasant family that lives in the Qalqilya area directly up against the Green Line. Her husband, 66-year-old Amin Hindi is unemployed due to chronic illness and her four children are all married. In all, her extended family comprises 27 members. They live in small but individual homes and together work a communal piece of land of 30 dunams. On it they plant vegetables, cauliflower, eggplant and mulukhiya. The produce is the family's only source of income and Shafiqa is proud of the fact that none of her sons has ever worked inside Israel.

The rainy season should have been the best time of the year for farmers like Shafiqa's family. But in Qalqilya, the season brought more hardship than joy this time around. Israel's separation barrier, in this area an eight-meter high wall, formed a concrete dam, trapping the water and preventing it from flowing out west. Rain fell for seven days in February and because the water was trapped, pollutants mixed in with it, overflowing into the houses, fields and greenhouses in Qalqilya and even into neighboring villages such as Ras Atiyeh, Khirbet Salman and Falamiyeh.

The worst damage was in the Qataa region west of Qalqilya and directly adjacent to the Green Line, where the separation wall is built and where Shafiqa's family land is. According to the Rhodes Agreement of 1948, Israel is to allow a sewage system so sewer water in the Qataa region can reach the sea. However, the construction of the wall has since blocked off these drainage channels and sewage lines, which have been replaced by gates and drainage channels completely controlled by the Israeli army. more..
 
 
Since the construction of the wall in Qalqilia, water drainage has been impeded. Agricultural lands, which did not flood before the wall, are now experiencing severe flooding because water cannot flow as it once did. (Photo by S'ra DeSantis)

Time is on whose side?
By Michael Shaik, Electronic Intifada 11/7/2003
Recently, Palestinian farmers living in proximity to Israel's Separation Wall received an order signed by Major General Moshe Kaplinski, commander of Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, declaring that their lands lying between the barrier and the border with Israel had been classified as "a closed military zone". Henceforth, the order stated, only Israeli citizens and Jews from other countries would have unrestricted access to these lands. Palestinians who wished to enter or continue living in these areas would have to apply for special permits.

According to a report prepared by the World Bank, the order will directly affect 95,000 Palestinians living within the "closed military zone" and another 20,000 living to the east of the wall whom the wall has separated from their livelihoods and relatives. The report goes on to note that the wall crosses agricultural roads, cuts off residents from their water supply, from their schools, businesses, public services and farms.

The specifically racial criteria used to decide who has access to the occupied lands west of the wall have led human rights activists to describe the 650 km long steel and concrete barrier as an "Apartheid Wall" and note that the enclaves created by its construction compare unfavourably with the ghettoes created for Europe's Jews and the Bantustans created for South Africa's blacks during the Apartheid era. more..
 
 
This satellite image of Qalqilya and of Israel's West Bank Barrier surrounding the city was taken on 7 June 2003. The progress of construction of the barrier can clearly be seen, ultimately cutting off residents from their surrounding agricultural land. For larger versions of the image, see EI's BY TOPIC section. (Image: ©Space Imaging/NTA Space Turk)

Deluge-hit Palestinians Blame Israeli Separation Wall
Islam Online 2/17/2005
NABLUS, February 17 (IslamOnline.net) – "They have turned a blessing from God into a curse. They have deliberately left us prey to the deluge," said Bilal Al-Baz with tear-soaked eyes.

The scene was not in one of the several Asian countries battered by the killer tsunami but rather in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya.

The downpour of rain has left the newly-built two-story house of Baz, a 42-year-old Palestinian farmer, swimming in water....

They not only built their Separation Wall 100 meters from our homes, they adamantly refused to open the hatches and allow the waters down the valleys."

....Qalqiliya inhabitants were hopeful the rains will augur well for a fruitful agricultural season, but the Israeli wall turned their dreams to a nightmare.

Baz was not the only Palestinian farmer harmed by the deluge. More than 250 other Palestinians lost their homes and farms to the downpour diverted by the Israeli wall. Mohamed Salmy lost his main source of income after his 22-dunum farm, cultivated with different kinds of vegetables, was flooded. He, however, was grateful that none of his family was hurt.

Rashad Salmy, another farmer, also lost his farm and cattle to the heavy rains. "Israel wants to increase the Palestinians' sufferings by its wall," he lamented.

Palestinian authorities estimated the damages in Qalqiliya and neighboring villages at around 1.4 million US dollars.

Around 700 dunums of agricultural lands were completely destroyed and more than 60 sheep and 6,000 poultry were lost, according to a report by the agriculture department.

Several factories, shops and a bridge were also destroyed by the heavy rains, the report added. more..
 
 
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"Thirsting for Justice - violations of the human right to water in Palestine"
Electronic Intifada/UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 8/15/2003
Report, CESR, 15 August 2003 -- Nablus stream polluted by Al-Hamra settlement (Photo: John Reese, July 2002) It is becoming more and more evident that the "Road Map" drawn up by the Quartet and promoted by the U.S. can achieve neither lasting peace nor even a fair "process" to arrive at peace. At the most basic level, the "Road Map" fails to stipulate that Israel must relinquish its matrix of control over Palestinian lives, territory and resources. As with the Oslo Accords, fundamental questions of human rights and national rights, which should form the basis of any lasting peace, have instead been pushed aside and postponed until the illusory end of the peace process.

One of these critical questions is the fulfillment of Palestinians' right to water, recently reaffirmed by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a fundamental human right. Average per capita consumption of water among Palestinians falls well below WHO standards of 100 litres per day and Israel monopolizes 85% of the water from the mountain aquifer which lies beneath the West Bank. Yet the "Road Map" makes only scant reference to water resources, leaving the issue to be resolved during an "international conference" at an unspecified date following Palestinian elections.

In spring of this year, CESR, in collaboration with local Palestinian NGOs, including the Palestinian Environmental NGO Network (PENGON) and the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), conducted a project to document violations of Palestinians' human right to water. From the construction of the wall of separation in the northern West Bank (separating whole towns and villages from their land and water), to the destruction of drinking water wells in Gaza, to Israel's refusal to provide water services to unrecognized villages in the Negev, CESR found widespread and severe human rights violations. more..
 
 
Additional Resources..
The Palestine Water for Life Campaign, Palestinian Hydrology Group
Palestinian Right to Water, Center for Social and Economic Rights
FACTSHEET: The right to water in Palestine: a background, Center for Social and Economic Rights (PDF)
History & Resources- Israeli Control and Repression: The Current Reality in the Context of an Old Agenda (PDF)
Israel's Wall: A Water and Drainage Disaster: More from our Archives..

"Damming" West Bank farmers
By Atef Saad, Electronic Intifada 3/3/2005
Sixty-two-year-old Shafiqa Massoud is, for all intents and purposes, the head of the household. Hers is a typical peasant family that lives in the Qalqilya area directly up against the Green Line. Her husband, 66-year-old Amin Hindi is unemployed due to chronic illness and...
Deluge-hit Palestinians Blame Israeli Separation Wall
Islam Online 2/17/2005
NABLUS, February 17 (IslamOnline.net) – "They have turned a blessing from God into a curse. They have deliberately left us prey to the deluge," said Bilal Al-Baz with tear-soaked eyes. The scene was not in one of the several Asian countries battered by the killer tsunami...
Palestine Economy in brief
Jerusalem Times 1/22/2004
Court orders PIB former chairman to pay debt: Ramallah’s First Court ordered on January 18 that Issam Abu Issa, former chairman and general manager of Palestine International Bank, should pay back over $34 million for money he took from the bank, as well as for...
Israel's Deadly Thirst
By Chris McGreal, CounterCurrents/The Guardian 1/13/2004
Ask Ariel Sharon about the Six Day war and he will tell you that the fighting of that momentous week in 1967 really began more than two years earlier as Israel responded not to Syria's tanks but its bulldozers.Damascus was constructing a vast canal to...
Israel's "Security" Wall: Another Land Grab - Acrobat format
Arabic Media Internet Network December 2003
Includes updated map, charts -- Israel's goal in building the "security" wall is twofold: (1) to confiscate Palestinian land in order to facilitate further colony expansion and unilaterally redraw geopolitical borders and (2) to encourage an exodus of Palestinians by denying them the ability to earn...
PA report: Zionist racist fence to annex 95% of Palestinian western basin
Palestinian Information Center 12/11/2003
Ramallah - A specialized report issued by the Palestinian water authority in Ramallah today charged that the Zionist segregationist fence in the West Bank was annexing around 95% of the total water resources consumed by Palestinians from the western basin that is around 362 million cubic...
One democratic state might be the solution (Part 2 of 2)
By Rifat Odeh Kassis, Electronic Intifada 12/8/2003
Eighth, the two-state solution will not ultimately satisfy any of the other nations living in this region forever. Religiously but also demographically such a solution will put barriers between the same nations. This solution has the potential to divide and spread the Palestinians into two...
Impact of the separation wall on the Qalqiliya, Tulkarm and Jenin districts
Jerusalem Times 12/4/2003
Qalqiliya: The governorate of Qalqiliya comprises 32 villages with approximately 90,000 Palestinians. There are also 19 Israeli settlements with an estimated population of 50,000. The route of the barrier is such that six settlements will lie to its west – in effect annexed to Israel – resulting...
Israel’s unholy wall
By Tom Wallace, Palestine Media Center/Boston Globe 12/3/2003
IN REALITY, the Holy Land doesn't need walls, but bridges," said Pope John Paul II. Kofi Annan has strongly criticized Israel's separation barrier. The UN General Assembly voted to condemn it 144-4. The Security Council would have but for a US veto.President Bush has...
Israel Still Destroying Occupied Territories, Second Cmtee Delegates Sayat Conclusion of Debate on Arab Sovereignty
United Nations 11/10/2003
Israel continued to destroy Palestinian territories through deforestation and the expropriation and erosion of agricultural lands, as well as by seizing lands, harvests and livestock in the occupied Syrian Golan, the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) heard this afternoon as it concluded its debate on...
Time is on whose side?
By Michael Shaik, Electronic Intifada 11/7/2003
Recently, Palestinian farmers living in proximity to Israel's Separation Wall received an order signed by Major General Moshe Kaplinski, commander of Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, declaring that their lands lying between the barrier and the border with Israel had been classified as...
Military Order Turns Separation Wall into Land Grab
By Huwaida Arraf, International Middle East Media Center 10/18/2003
A new order issued by the military commander of the West Bank announced to Palestinians that they are no longer allowed to be on their land west of the separation wall. The order, which was distributed in Hebrew and illegible Arabic last week, states that...
West Bank Barrier Endangers Basic Rights
Human Rights Watch 10/1/2003
New York, October 1, 2003) The United States should deduct the cost of the West Bank separation barrier from U.S. loan guarantees for Israel, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush, Human Rights Watch said the barrier's path...
Israeli wall will compound economic woes
Palestine Monitor 9/21/2003
The 360 km long wall being built by Israel would add to the economic woes of millions of Palestinian people living in the occupied territory of West Bank and Gaza and could hamper the economy, which is on the path of recovery, says a report...
"Thirsting for Justice - violations of the human right to water in Palestine"
Electronic Intifada/UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 8/15/2003
Report, CESR, 15 August 2003 -- Nablus stream polluted by Al-Hamra settlement (Photo: John Reese, July 2002) It is becoming more and more evident that the "Road Map" drawn up by the Quartet and promoted by the U.S. can achieve neither lasting peace nor even a...
Palestinians Get Thirstier Under Israeli Clampdown
Reuters 8/3/2003
Israel takes 80 percent of the West Bank's mountain aquifer, one of two major renewable water sources in the territory it seized in a 1967 war. The other source, the Jordan River dividing the West Bank from Jordan, is dominated by Israel for nearby Jewish...
 

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