Palestinians face water crisis as Israel denies fair access to water sources
Palestinians continue to face a water crisis as Israel controls every major water source and uses discriminatory policies against Palestinians. In the Gaza Strip, the situation is quickly becoming critical.
Amnesty International previously commented that “Israel allows the Palestinians access to only a fraction of the shared water resources, which lie mostly in the occupied West Bank, while the unlawful Israeli settlements there receive virtually unlimited supplies. In Gaza the Israeli blockade has made an already dire situation worse.” Onatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s researcher on Israel and the OPT
Reports by both the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have found that the water crisis in Gaza is critical and the damage could be irreversible by 2020. Gaza is almost completely dependent on the coastal aquifer which is now filled by inconsumable sea water. The high levels of salt make 90 per cent of the water from the aquifer unsafe without treatment.
Take Action: Ask your MP to sign EDM 1062
An EDM has been tabled in Parliament to bring the issue of the water crisis to the attention of the British government, asking for intervention. Early Day Motion 1062 calls on the Government to recognise the dire water situation faced by Palestinians in Gaza and to lobby Israel to ensure adequate water sources and supplies are restored.
That this House calls on the Government to recognise the dire water situation faced by Palestinians in Gaza; notes reports by both the World Bank and the United Nations Environment Programme that found the water crisis in Gaza to be critical and potentially irreversible by 2020; recognises that Gaza is almost completely dependent on a coastal aquifer but that low levels of rainfall have left it filled with inconsumable sea water; expresses concern that Israeli occupation policies in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip mean that essential access to consumable water supplies by Palestinians is hampered; and calls on the Government to lobby its counterparts in Israel to ensure adequate water sources and supplies are restored.
Your email to your MP can be as simple as saying:
I have recently been made aware of the dire water situation faced by Palestinians in Gaza. I would like our government to ensure adequate water sources and supplies are restored so Palestinians can access clean and safe water. As your constituent, I would like to request for you to sign EDM 1062.
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