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January 18, 2012

Academic Study Refutes Water Theft Charges

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A released Palestinian prisoner relaxes next to a Gaza swimming pool, Jan. 8, 2012 (Reuters photo by Ahmed Jadallah)

A recently published BESA study by hydrologist Prof. Haim Gvirtzman of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University refutes many of the false accusations concerning water leveled by the mainstream media and NGOs like Amnesty International, and most recently, the French government, which issued a report saying that water has become "a weapon serving the new apartheid." According to BESA:

the Palestinian Authority claims that it suffers from water shortages in its towns and villages due to the Israeli occupation and cites international law in support of its claims. These claims amount to more than 700 million cubic meters of water per year (MCM/Y), including rights over the groundwater reservoir of the Mountain Aquifer, the Gaza Strip Coastal Aquifer and the Jordan River. These demands amount to more than 50 percent of the total natural water available between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

[C]ontrary to Palestinian claims, Gvirtzman demonstrates that Israel has fulfilled all of its obligations according to the agreements it signed in 1995 with the Palestinian Authority, and in fact has exceeded them. The PA currently consumes 200 MCM of water every year (with Israel providing about 50 MCM of this) – which, under the accords, is more than Israel is supposed to provide a full-fledged Palestinian state under a final settlement arrangement. . . . .

In contrast, the Palestinians have violated their part of the agreement by drilling over 250 unauthorized wells, which draw about 15 MCM/Y of water, and connecting these pirate wells to its electricity grid. Moreover, the PA has illegally and surreptitiously connected itself in many places to the water lines of Israel's Mekorot National Water Company – stealing Israel's water.

Palestinian famers also routinely overwater their crops through old-fashioned, wasteful flooding methods. Gvirtzman says that at least one-third of the water being pumped out of the ground by the Palestinians (again, in violation of their accords with Israel) is wasted through leakage and mismanagement. No recycling of water takes place and no treated water is used for agriculture.

In fact, 95 percent of the 56 million cubic meters of sewage produced by the Palestinians each year is not treated at all. Only one sewage plant has been built in the West Bank in the last 15 years, despite there being a $500 million international donor fund available for this purpose. . . .

Posted by TS at January 18, 2012 06:08 AM


What is the source for the excerpt above? It is not in the document you link to.

Posted by: Elder at January 18, 2012 07:05 AM

It is from a summary of the report emailed by BESA today

Posted by: TS at January 18, 2012 01:05 PM

Please comment on Jimmy Carter's interview on CNN on Jan 18, Wednesday. He characteristically told a few lies about Israel. He said his greatest desire was peace for Israel. He described the land as two different countries--Israel and Palestine. He felt his interest lay in the Christian Arabic population but they were now "gone" mostly at the behest of Israel. He talked of the peace treaty that had lasted now for 30 years but failed to mention the change of regime in Egypt and Egypt is now being taken over by the Moslim Brotherhood (KIller of Sadat who was a party to the Peace Treaty, and that this treaty now I assume is dead) He praised PResident Obama saying he did a good job and was unable to do anything because of congress. I remember it was Obama that told Mubarak (the keeper of the treaty for 3o years] to step down.JA

Posted by: Juli nsewqa at January 19, 2012 02:10 PM

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