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Palestinian Abuse of Water Resources


In response to the report by respected journalist Gideon Levy that the Israeli Civil Administration (i.e. military administration) in the Jordan valley had taken new steps to prevent abuse of water resources by Palestinians, this reporter spoke directly with Inspection Coordinator (i.e. military controller) Avi Regudju.

“Is it true,” I asked, “that Bedouins and other Palestinians are not permitted to carry water containers in this area?”

“Yes, I can confirm that.  We are performing our duty to the best of our capacity.”

“And what is that duty, exactly?”

“We must prevent the stealing of water by Palestinians, and we know for a fact that some of these containers have been used for that purpose.”

“So whose water is it?”

“I’m sorry.  That’s beyond the scope of my responsibility.”

“So are you applying the same rules to Israelis who steal water?”

“No, of course not.”

“Why not?”

“We are the civil administration of the Israeli military.  Our job is to protect Israelis.  And there are Israelis out here.  It’s not our business whether they are stealing water or land or anything else.  Our instructions are very specific about this.”

“So how are Palestinians supposed to get water?”

“Let them use their own water.”

“You mean by digging wells on their land?”

“That would be stealing.”

“So what rights do Palestinians have and who protects them?”

“I have no idea about Palestinian rights.  Our job is to protect Israelis, and part of that means protecting the resources where they live.  That is why we try to prevent theft of those resources – by Palestinians.  The Palestinians have their own government.  Let their military protect them.”

“But the Palestinians have no military.”

“I should hope not!  We go to great lengths to assure that they don’t.”

“In that case, what use is the Palestinian Authority?”

“Sorry, but I’m not going to touch that one.”

4 Responses to Palestinian Abuse of Water Resources

  1. Blake July 9, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    It’s their water, not eastern European water. Their deceitful lying & nagging is never ending.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    No water? Let them drink Manischewitz. It’s plentiful. No one else drinks it.

  3. Ariadna Theokopoulos July 10, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    If they are complaining now, the Palestinians don’t know how happy they are in comparison with what’s coming:

    “A panel headed by retired Supreme Court justice Edmund Levy has issued a report recommending legalizing most of the unauthorized Jewish outposts in the West Bank. Made public on Sunday, the 89-page legal opinion was written at the behest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The report concludes that the establishment of settlements in the West Bank does not breach international law, and that Jews can legally make their homes there. It states that “Israel does not meet the criteria of ‘military occupation’ as defined under international law” in the West Bank, and therefore the settlements and outposts are legal, since there is no provision in international law prohibiting Jewish settlement in the area.

    The report recommends easing regulations on Jewish settlement in the West Bank by regulating zoning and planning, halting scheduled demolitions and planning building in accordance with population growth.

    Justice Levy wrote that the settlement enterprise was created at the behest of the state, but criticized the lack of clear policy vis-a-vis construction and regulation.

    The findings of the Levy report are at odds with previous legal opinions, most notably the 2005 report by attorney Talia Sasson compiled for prime minister Ariel Sharon, which found that some 120 West Bank outposts were illegal.

    Sasson came out strongly against the findings the Levy report on Monday, saying that the report has no legal standing and ignores four decades of court rulings on the legality of unauthorized settlement in the West Bank.

    She said that it would be impossible for Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to approve the findings of the Levy report, adding that the Supreme Court was the only body authorized to determine the legal status of the West Bank.

    Also on Monday, Yesh Din, a human-rights group that monitors the West Bank, said the Levy report was “born in sin” as an ideological platform instead of as an unbiased legal opinion and asserted that the findings of the report are contrary to Israeli and international law.

    “We must hope that after he found a magician to make the occupation disappear, Netanyahu manages to find another one to make the conflict vanish, otherwise we will soon find ourselves facing a one-state solution,” read a statement by the Geneva Conference.

    Kadima MK Shlomo Molla predicted that the report’s findings would bury the peace process with the Palestinians and warned the government from adopting it.

    Environment Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud), by contrast, welcomed the report, and urged the government to adjust its settlement policies in accordance to its findings.

    MK Uri Ariel (National Union) praised the report and called on the prime minister to adopt it’s findings. Fellow National Union MK Aryeh Eldad also welcomed the Levy report, saying that it “shattered to pieces the left’s ‘occupation’ mantra.”

    MK Danny Danon (Likud) posted on his Facebook page that the release of the Levy report are a “day of celebration for the settlements. The report removes the values of the radical left from the court of law in relation to Judea and Samaria and buries the dangerous report of attorney Talia Sasson.”

    Attorney Alan Baker, a former legal counsel for the Foreign Ministery and one of the authors of the report, denied that the authors were motivated by political considerations, asserting that the results were a legal analysis obtained after examining international, Israeli and Jordanian law.

  4. etominusipi July 10, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    cf clay butler, “you’re standing on my neck…”