Give back; Israel. Share. Water is a human right.
Israels policy of Apartheid
Water is a human right
According to international reports, Israel uses 80 percent of the water occurence in the Westjordanland and leaves to the Palestinians only 20 percent.
On average 450,000 ‚unlawful Settler‘ of Israel use more water than 2.3 million Palestinians who have always lived there. The situation in Gaza is even more catastrophic.
This is no kind of propaganda, but facts with which the Palestinians feel confronted since decades. The world public did not take note of them mostly.
One third of Gaza is occupied by 5000 Israeli settlers. 5000 Israeli settlers claim more than 50% of the quantity of water and above all the best water quality. The Israeli occupying power has prevented any modernisation of the Palestinian areas with all means and with it has made the Palestinians completely from her dependent.
The well construction in Palestinian areas lies actually at zero.
The Israeli civil authority has prohibited the construction and the restoration of wells. They have even destroyed wells
Once there were 170 wells in the Westjordanland, only 50 were preserved. (State in 2004)
Ramallah is the momentary and temporary capital of the Westjordanlandes. She is so small that one can come away them on foot.
Already in the middle of the 90s, long before Camp David, Israeli Hydrologen have drawn‚ maps of water interests‘ in which the areas now fall behind the wall which were counted to the strategical interest zones of Israel. In these areas future Palestinian development should be prevented. Hence, it is not astonishing that the current course of the wall resembles these maps strongly. „(…) preoccupation is to be prevent here, any future and potential enlargement of the Palestinian capacities and by created facts from the start to hinder. Although this aspect takes no big space in the reporting, it is for the life reality of millions Palestinians of the biggest meaning”, expert say.
Where now Israel is, they were expelled. About 200,000 did find shelter in the west bank. The Palestinian refugees were accommodated in big refugee camps above all near Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Whether „occupied“ from the Israelis or “not takes”, juridical „pettifoggers“ argue about it.
Israel says, the country belonged after 1948 to Jordan. Palestinians would never have had sovereignty, so it can also not be their country. And this is why they would also not have „taken“ the area.
Israelis say, it has been the country of the Jews. They call it Judäa and Samaria.
Before 1948 500,000 Palestinians lived in West Bank. They say, we always lived there. At that time 400,000 people fled or were expelled from the region.
The historical photo from 1993. The self-government in West Bank was sealed. Jitzak Rabin, Bill Clinton and Jassir Arafat before the White House
It was taken by Jordanien as a result of the first Israeli-Arabian war in 1948.
In 1967 Israel took over the country. But they also had to give back some areas. Jordanien transferred the rights to PLO later on. Israel kept the military control of the area and about the water since that time. Only in 1994 autonomy areas were given to the Palestinians. There is no drop of water which is not controlled by Israel. The Palestinians must buy water for Israel on high prices
Israel expands and the Internationals are doing nothing
In East Jerusalem, in the west bank the settle programm of Israel goes on. Also during nine months of peace talks Israel built houses. (during the negotiations America with both parties). 50 flats were built in the west bank on a daily basis. la.st summer
Israel promoted 14,000 residential units in the west bank. Other plans contain 4.793 residential units in isolated settlements and 1.768 in settlements near the green line to West Bank. 1235 residential properties were new offered.
The house building programm seems to be four time higher than it has been in 1990.
Locking arrangements of the Israelis in palestinian Areas
All Palestinians came under general suspicion.
One should ask: Who is protecting the Palestinians against the racist and nationalistic ideologistic members of parties of Israel?
The locking arrangement of the Israelis around West Bank counts 759 kilometres. The fence runs about quite a lot of property of the Palestinians and it cuts them off from other houses . Just imagine, you would have to live surrounded by fences on three sides of your house. You woudl be surrounded by walls. it woud be prohibited to be visited by your relatives.
Instead, soldiers pass your house on a daily basis. You would do not live anylonger inyour “ country“, but in the borderland. Your would be cut off by the everyday services of your municipality. The garbage disposal, the traffic control, road construction, repair.
Thus happened in Palestine. Suddenly families lived on Israeli side. The Israelis even pulled an additional fence around those houses. Now the families go through gates. Now the families live locked up between wall and barbed wire: Neighbours and relatives may not come for visit. Instead, soldiers drive past several times daily. Sometimes the fathers earn money.
Locking arrangements as a fence. Locking arrangements as a wall. There are Palestinian houses which are surrounded by the locking wall on on three sides. They separate villages, families. Some are even seperated from their fields. Municipalities are separated from services like garbage disposal or repair, traffic control because they are not accessible of the Palestinian autonomy authority any more.
The „security zone“ Wall takes 12,300 hectares of the Palestinian side. These are about two percent of the Westjordanland. At least 16 Palestinian villages and 12,000 inhabitants „swallowed“ them already ten years ago.
It means: Humiliation and the continuation of other land robbery. Experts expect an expansions of wall sections and therefore it will become an issue for another 395,000 inhabitants, which would be 17.8 percent of the Palestinian population.
Underneat the West Bank there is an immense ground of water. These „Aquiferen“ (water leading layers in the subsoil) are filled in by precipitation from the mountains over and over again.
There are reasons for Israels water-control they stick tovehemently. They say to keep the control over water in that area wil not change if Palestine ever wants to become state.
Israelis pull „security fences“ and at the same time they expect Palestinians to agree on peace-agreements.
Systematically it was worked towards the fact that the capacities of the Palestinians do not increase.
It s against international law, says the international court of law of the UN plenary assembly.
The UN plenary assembly said: it is an offence against the international law and human right. The Americans vote against it. Great Britain, Germany, Bulgaria and Cameroon obstained. The Israeli ambassador thanked them .
However, one week later Germany agreed on the resolution of the UN plenary assembly.
It remains an offence against the international law and human rights.
It had no impact on the situation of the Palestinians.
Israel just went on. Fences, walls and settlements are still in process.
Shortly before the face-to-face negotiations Israel planned another construction of 1200 flats. Facts were created.
Land decides on whether people can claim on being people of a nation.
An Israeli settlement in East-Jerusalem
“No country on earth can tell other states where they can build and where they cannot build.”
(Construction minister of Israel of the legal-directed party of Habayit Hayehudi The Jewish house)
Ongoing intensification of settlement activities increased criticism, on the other hand, the expansion were just taken as a fact Internationals are not really care about.
Now the settlements are already seen as an Israeli state area.
East Jerusalem was seen as the capital of the future state Palestine since 1947/48.
That it exactly the place where Israel builds houses.
The Oslo agreement of 1993 has beeen an agreement of a two-state solution. Besides, it has been a 80:20 plan in favour of Israel.
In 2012 Palestine got an stat us as “ observers“ at the UN and UNESCO.
Israel reacted both times promptly. „Punitive actions“: 2000 residential units and 3000 residential units wer build up. Not somewhere in their country but exactly at the places which could connect East-Jerusalem with the Westbank.
Water in Gaza
The Gaza Strip is 45 kilometres long, a width has in the south of 13 kilometres and in the north of 6 kilometres. Also in Gaza most people are refugees. One says, Gaza is the biggest „refugee camp“ of the world. Even in the small stripe at the Mediterranean Sea there is refugee camp. Half of the population is less than 18 years.
The ground water in Gaza oversalts more and more. The UN is warning that if is continuing, there will be no drinking water anymore in 15 years times. Gaza stands high up on the list of the worldwide countries with most serious water problems. The deprivation of the Palestinian water by the Israeli government makes the situation even more dramatic.
90-95% of the ground water of Gaza is a risk for health.
People in Gaza should not drink tap water, that s why many inhabitants of Gaza pay for a private water supply. However, this water is not much better too. Investigations of experts say: this water contains ten times more of risk and pollution than health experts can agree on .
Wells constructions for the Palestinians are at point zero. Israe destroyed some. Old rainwater- zisterns are falling under the valid military law (Hydro-apartheid law) . The Palestinians have no control over one drop of water. The repair of old wells , some are even out of Jordanian time, needs the permission of Israel.
After 45 years of occupation there are stillabout 20% of the municipalities of Palestinians that are not connected to water nets. Israelis settlers in „occupied areas“ are getting it within a few weeks.
Many people think, Gaza is a place of the power and the hostel of militant Palestinians. They think, this is everything what Gaza is about. But Gaza is a also a place of full energy and dynamic. Gaza was always a place of warmth, humor and unbelievable guest friendliness too.
“Martina, we are one of the most peaceful people. We were always”, said my friend at that time.
Now it is a place of fear and pain. It is a place of locking zones. It is a prison, where human being live in who are urged into a „shutdown“ by Israel. It is a place in which the situation of water has been catastrophic just long before the massacre. It is an area which Israel holds systematically on a small hand. “The Palestinians have become the Jews of the Jews”, said a journalist in the 80s.
After such massacre, where people were locked up from all sides in an area of 360 Quadratkilometres with no chance to flee out, one tends to agree on that sentence.
Water, locking arrangements, walls, humiliation, discrimination -just not enough.
90 percent of the fishermen were forced into poverty
Since January, 2009 Israeli navy forces block 85 percent of the fishing grounds of Gaza. Palestinian fishing boats access is limited up to 1 mile. The sardine catch was the main taking of the fishermen. This thereby decreased about 90 percent. Since beginning of the blockade in June, 2007 the fishermen caught 7000 tonnes less. It makes a loss of 26.5 million dollars. In 2011 it was reported that israeli navy has shot at the fishermen 72 times. One fisherman is missed. Others were injured. They push the boats towards land, they arrest them and interrogate the fishermen.
Palestinians are als0 not allowed to export carnation flowers. (furhter below)
The medical care in Gaza and in West Bank
People die of illnesses because they may not leave Gaza.
There is a lack of medicine.
In June 2014, only 56 patients from 1.805 got permission to cross the border. 307 did not even get a response to their requests by Israels civil management and therefore they could not perceive, their appointments of treatment.
In 2011 all applications from patients of Westbank and Gaza to cross border because of medical treatment were either refused or came back belated. Six patients in the Gaza Strip died, while they waited for their permission. (Study of the UN world health authorities)
Over and over again Palestinian rescue services report that they were hindered and even attacked by the Israeli army (before the war)
The World Health Organizations defines essential basic medicine. The number of non available medicine is 202 out of 408 in Gaza. (before the war)
“The medical facilities and the first help vehicles are not sure. It s been the same in 2008/09. Israelis attacked hospitals. Injured civilians must wait for their evacutation. . […] not much injured persons must even wait long for treatment. A man who has been injured just on his hand, he bled to death , because it has not been possible to organise the first help unter the constant fire. We had such cases also 5 years ago.” (Medico, on site Miri Weingarten)
A house of a palestinian. Thats how it looks after a Razzia .Sources:A.B. thank you
The stream situation in Gaza
Three hours of stream per day, thats what it is about in Gaza before war began. Now the only power station is destroyed in the Gaza Strip and it will take one year to rebuilt.
Most Palestinians cannot practice their profession
50% of the youngsters are jobless. Nearly half of the people are jobless. 30% of the companies had to close and other 15% have dismissed 80% of her employees.
In West Bank the rate of unemployment lies at more than 20 percent. The Palestinian economy is not a flourishing one in spite of big investements. Obstacles are checkpoints of the Israeli army all around Ramallah. The hard restricted access to the Jerusalem.
Jobs are paid by auxiliary money
There are not enough jobs. And the jobs that are in existence, are bound to fixed-term contracts. Above all they are financed by the civil service with international money. Some of them are paid by relief organisations. „This kills the society“, say young Palestinians. Only the best are employed by relief organisations.“
Some jobs are just a matter of good relations.
Everywhere in West Bank one can find signs of warning. Landmines.
Millions of people hang in a waiting loop
Most Palestinians speak about the „shutdown“. Their life stopped. My friend was writing to me: “Martina be glad, you may move. I am condemned to the shutdown.”
80 Percent of the population depends on help from Outside. The Education system suffers: On account of the import restrictions of building materials There is a lack of 230 schools in Gaza. Thats why 85% of the schools are working in two half day shifts. This leads to a serious reduction of the school hours and to the cancelation of school activities. A substantial decrease of the educational quality is the result.
Flowers were almost the only goods to export permitted by Israel. In the season 2012 nine million carnations were exported, about two millions less than 2011 and 41 millions less than before 2007. Since beginning of the ban of the Gaza Strip the exports are much limited. Exports goes almost only to the agricultural products which are exported on account of an agreement with the Dutch government to Netherland.
The almost entire ban on exports for the traditional products of the export economy of Gaza, textiles, pieces of furniture and industrially processed food has drawn the economy into the ruin. Because Israel defines 35% of the already scanty agricultural lands of Gaza on account of the nearness to Israel as a buffer zone, their access to the land is limited strongly and therefore the local production. By these restrictions the agricultural yield decreased about 75,000 tonnes what shows an annual loss at the rate of 50.2 million dollars for the farmers of Gaza. Farmers live dangerously. The „non-walk-zone“ of the buffer zone is put through with sharp ammunition of the Israeli army. Since beginning of 2012 there were at least 41 cases in which Israeli security forces have opened the fire on civilian in the buffer zone. Besides, they killed a civilian and 57 were injured.
There is gas near the coast of Gaza
Turkey will ignore the ban on Gaza, Prime Minister Erdogan announced. As a result Israels foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said they will reinforce cooperation with Armenia and the rebels of the Kurdish PKK.
Apartheid in Israel and the international communities give financial support, directly or indirectly.
The road to Jericho
A friend of mine in Gaza wrote a year ago:
“We have proverb says: If you do not eat from you hand, your decision is not from your mind.”
The Palestinian cause is international one, most States has role in this cause. It s good and bad. It is good that we have some light focus on our cause, otherwise Israel could uprooted our people. The bad one is that those States backed some Palestinian parties against each other and to carry out their agenda. I am sorry to say that Palestinian Group in need for out side funding and the price is devastating on our issue.”
We worry about the militant Hamas or Fatah. We should ask who is financing such groups?
Who let them become strong? Who defines them into terrorists as soon as they become uncomfortable for its own political aims? What makes people militant?
And while I write this article, other civilians are murdered, presumably in Pakistan, in Yemen or in Somalia. The State America is having a new toy. Killing by Joysticks: Fight drones. They should make the world more safe and protect the world for militants.
You have nothing heard? Transparency like zero. The American Secret Service is involved in it. Organisations of human rights despair because of it. „The eye“ is absent. It is a „silent fight“ Fight drones should shoot terrorists , however, they mostly hit civilians at wedding celebrations, at burials, in training camp or in a vegetable bed. Somehow everybody is put under general suspicion. From 2003 to 2014 200 children died because of thos air fight drones. In Pakistan a small boy does not pray any more for a blue, but a grey sky. They do not fly when the sky is grey.. His grandmother, 67-year-old, was shot down in a vegetable bed by a fight drone. Just imagine you do sport in a park and suddenly a drone shoots you down.
I would not be much surprised, if exactly these militant groups increas instead of becoming less. After the worldwatched once more again how one of the strongest military power of the world kills people who had no chance to escape. Or have you seen blue berets of the UN? This is the organisation which is allowed to intervene when a country offends massively against human rights. Therefore the organisation was established.
All US senators approves unanimously – democrats and Republicans in lovely unity – of the person-despising war crime of Israel. The German foreign minister said: “We welcome the cease-fire” and we got to hear: “The ghetto is an untenable situation”.
The EU demands: One has take away weapons from Hamas. At thattime probably absolutely naiv to think they would agree on . So virtually it has been a non-politics of the EU which is not really non-politics.
Till the last days Israel and other policians pointed to the self-defence right of the Israelis. Since decades the Israelis can march into houses of the Palestinians – it is just a matter of self-defence.
What about us ? Nevertheless, „these militants“ brings fear to the whole world, we say and think. We all have a big need of safety as the Israelis do have. Presumably, it suits us. Slam them, bang onto the “militants”. We are not asking why they became militant? We just look to the Militants of Israel and not to the other side. Israel is also having some radicals, ideologists within their parties.
Beirut. Lebanon. Hundredthousands of Palestinians fled to in 1948 and in1967. Israel marched into in 1982. dpa.
Jassir Arafat before the UN general meeting in New York in 1974 . He demands the Disappearance of the state Israel and harvested applause. “With an oil branch and the gun of the freedom-fighter” he has come, he said. DPA
Rest of the world became the paymaster of Israel
Since more than 45 years development services and later EU tried to „balance“ what Israel is not willing to share.
What has been destroyed by Israel during the wars and because of their policy of Apartheid lacked in palestinian areas, the Europeans and other Internationals have been build up over and over again. Most job of Palestianians are internationally backed financially. One may assume that the EU household is again eady to this time again to provide reconstruction assistant. Again a few relief organisations may be put a smile on their face. Now there is money again. Who want to be called an Antisemit so who dares to criticize Israel?
Why differently if one can derive, nevertheless, still his own benefit at the end from it.
It won`t surprise you much, to hear, that some of the European countries deliver at the same time weapons to Israel. Business is business.
Germany gives Israel two of five submarines. The sixth one is on its way. Israelis use them for their nuclear programme, This all part of an “agreement is for the security” – and therefore confidential. Another 330 million Euro goes to them, so that the Israelis can prepare her submarines with nuclear weapons, rockets and rockets protection systems, fight gliders from Italy. 2, 7 Millarden ground waits for the Israelis in the USA, so that Israel can buy weapons at whatever time. On top, Israel is allowed to use American arms cache in Israel … and another half Billion US dollar were given. (Quelle:The mirror and Blog marialourdes.com)
So one wants to ask: What are you planing, dear Israel?
The region has always been a „marching up area“ of troops of great powers back to year 2000 BC.
What Hamas uses as weapons are Lilli wrecks in compare to the equpment of the Israelis they came up with.
Drinking water out of sea water
In 2004 a sea salt project was planned by Israelis. The water situation ist a desaster. The installation of a sea water desalination should bring drinking water into the area. The water of Gaza is just catastrophic.
Israel presented a plan which intends a huge sea water desalination which should provide Gaza. The Israelis made clear, the water source in Westjordanland belongs to them, is and will be used onyl by Israelis. Therefore Westbank would also beceome part of the programm .
They said: The project must be paid by the USA and the international community. The costs for the Palestinians will be huge. Lines. It will cost an extra of carriage and a huge amount of stream. Uri Shamir said to the science journal New Scientist:
„The arrangement will finance the world for the Palestinians. Israel will not be ready to bear these costs and the Palestinians are not able of it.“
If it is not paid by Internationals, it won`t become a project.
As far as I got to know, it is financially backed up with money of America and with money of other development organisation , so with money of tax payer money.
The American development aid agency USAID supports the planning in Westbank. Alvin Newman, the responsible for water resources in Tel Aviv, commented: „In the end, this is the only solution“.
One may call it water robbery and systematic discrimination. There are many people who fear the lost of water and who already experience that. Neigbour countries do fear too. The solution just cannot be that only ONE is using all the water on its own.
What else the Hamas is doing next?
I wanna ask:
What else is Israel doing next?
What are the Internationals next pay for the Israelis?
The citizens of Gaza are not having a future since decades. They are locked up and discriminated by the Israelis. Only 50 kilometres of Gaza is the city of Tel Aviv. Beach life, celebrating parties while in Gaza million of people live politically and economically in isolation, harassed by the Israeli civil authorities and military authorities.
Gaza has become a 360 square kilometre prison.