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Left Dry by the Occupation

March 2022

 

“‘There’s no life without water’ – it’s a saying, but it’s also the plain truth. We’re dying a slow death, together with our flocks and crops. We can’t wash ourselves or clean our dishes properly. We drink polluted water. Our economy and our health are both being killed.”

‘Abd a-Rahim Bisharat, Deputy Head of Al-Malih Council and Representative of the Communities of Hadidia and Hamsa al-Foqa

 

In the 21st century, tap water is something to be taken for granted. Certainly, in Israel, which is considered a global giant in the area of irrigation and desalination. But in Area C of the West Bank, under Israeli control, over 10,000 women, men, and children live in communities that are not even connected to the water grid. How is this possible, and can people manage to live like this? Come with us to find out – and to help do something about it.

 
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I want to help!

  • Click here to send an email to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster demanding that they exercise their authority and connect these communities to the water grid.

  • Share our campaign on social media.

 
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FAQ

 
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Further reading

Connection of Palestinian Villages to the Water Grid in Area C – Position Paper, Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Bimkom, March 2022:

Open Letter to Defense Minister Gantz: Don't Kill People for Lack of Water, Sicha Mekomit, 20 Feb. 2022 (Hebrew)

Facing Expulsion, B'Tselem website

Mobile Pastoralist Communities in the West Bank, Bimkom website

Photos: Bimkom, Association for Civil Rights in Israel