Maat Condemns Israeli Policies That Destroy the Infrastructure of Palestine
“The Israeli occupying Power violates all international laws and conventions and works to deny Palestinians their right to water” Okeil
” The Israeli occupation destroys the natural resources in Palestine, especially water sources” Islam Fawki
During its intervention today presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the sidelines of the 42nd session of the Council, Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights condemned Israeli policies that destroy the vital infrastructure of Palestine, including water supply pipes, sanitation systems and electricity grids and the destruction of water wells, posing a serious threat to the right to life.
Ayman Okeil, President of Maat, asserted that since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, It violates all laws and resolutions, following its policy of exploiting natural resources and violating the Palestinian people’s right to life, through its practices that violate the right to access to drinking water, the extraction of other natural resources and the denial of Palestinians’ access to their water resources in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Okeil added that water has become a clear example of the systematic violations of human rights in Palestine.
Okeil also said that more than 96% of the coastal groundwater in Gaza, the main source of water, has become unusable; and natural and mineral wealth of the Dead Sea, part of which is located in Palestine, is exploited by Israel for its own benefit while denying Palestinians access to those resources.
Islam Fawki, Policy Analysis Unit Manager at Maat, said that the Israeli occupation sought the total destruction of natural resources in Palestine, especially water resources. However, the West Bank is located on three water basins, which are the main sources of water in Palestine, the Israeli occupying Power controls them and limits the Palestinians consumption to only 15% of the total water reserves, including springs inside the Palestinian territories. In addition to drying and seizing more than 300 natural springs and more than 500 wells, as well as those isolated behind the Separation Wall.
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