Is this water apartheid? Recent viral videos show Israeli Civil Administration overseeing as Israeli soldiers and workers fill Palestinian water wells with cement – in the middle of a sweltering summer. Was this a fluke, or part of a massive, discriminative strategy on Israel’s part? The answer will become clear as we sift through the evidence.
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Israeli bombing of a massive fertilizer warehouse in May caused a huge fire and toxic smoke, and resulted in leakage of chemicals into Gaza’s groundwater. UN experts agreed to travel to Gaza to assist with mitigation and creating a report on the incident – but Israel barred their entrance.
On Monday the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Washington Post each published a different news story about Israeli technology – all with a common thread: unscrupulous practices targeting innocent people that Israel considers a threat.
Israeli police repeatedly spray skunk water in Palestinian East Jerusalem, making life unbearable for Palestinian business owners and dangerous for all residents.
Israel controls water resources from the river to the sea, illegally pilfering water from Palestinian aquifers and selling it back at exorbitant prices to Palestinians. Israel’s “water war” is just a facet of its ongoing settler-colonial project to make life unbearable for Palestinians, and ultimately replace them with Israeli Jews.
In a move widely recognized as illegal under international law, Israel has forbidden all fishing in the waters off Gaza. Israel’s blame-the-victim rationale for the ban is to punish Palestinian protest against Israel’s now 14-year-old, illegal blockade of the enclave. Palestinian resistance groups launched several dozen small, homemade projectiles toward Israel in recent days – projectiles that rarely cause injury. In the 1990s, the Oslo Accords set the Gazan fishing zone at 20 miles, but Israel has unilaterally moved the boundary again and again as a form of collective punishment that impoverishes and starves the Palestinian population.
Major League Baseball (MLB) has stopped running promotions of Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters on its platforms, after caving in to pressure from a Jewish group that accused him of “anti-Semitism” because of his support for Palestinian human rights.
Israel, the playground bully, incarcerates hundreds of Palestinian children every year, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) is saying, “not with American tax dollars you don’t!”
Part 11 of a 12 part series examining the ecological impacts of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. A synopsis of the findings is here. by Dick Callahan, reposted from DickCallahan.net Holy Water: Old West meets Middle East “Thou shall inherit the holy earth as a faithful steward, conserving its resources and productivity from generation to generation.…
Part 3 of a 12 part series examining the ecological impacts of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. A synopsis of the findings is here. by Dick Callahan, reposted from DickCallahan.net State Mandated Water Poverty “Today the Golden People of California have elected to adopt Israel’s water model. Now, in order for this thing to work, half…