Cattle die after Israel cuts water to West Bank village

7 Aug
Days of Palestine report, West Bank, 6 August 2015

Tens of cattle owned by Palestinians died after Israeli water firm, Mekerot, cut off water supplies for Palestinian village in Nablus on Sunday.

The cut of water supplies is expected to be pre-planned to cause damage to Palestinians’ cattle as an extreme heat wave is hitting the region.

Head of the council, Hamzeh Jomaa, contacted Mekerot, but has not received any answer from the Israeli company as to why the water was cut off or when it will be reconnected.

In addition to cattle, locals said on Thursday, hundreds of chickens, ducks and other domestic birds died in the village due to the lack of water, which coincided with the abnormal heat wave hitting the region.

Jomaa said that some 4,000 people living in the village Kafr Qaddum in Nablus, which is mainly based on agricultural produce, are suffering from the lack of running and drinking water.

Mekerot, which steals the Palestinian underground water and benefit from Israeli restriction on using their natural resources, provides water to all Palestinian villages, as well as all illegal Israeli Jewish settlements in the surrounding area.

Israelis, including settlers, have access to 300 litres of water per day, while the average of a Palestinian citizen in the occupied West Bank is only around 70 litres.

This below the World Health Organization’s recommended minimum of 100 litres per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking.

(Slightly abridged)

One Response to “Cattle die after Israel cuts water to West Bank village”

  1. Lavender Buckland August 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Writing to world bodies, and to the European Parliament, is worth your time: the groundswell of public opinion, from around the world, must bring justice for the Palestinians. We can know what it is like to feel thirsty, but imagine nit having water to drink – in a heat wave – and imagine watching your animals die, your livelihood dying for lack of water…and it was your own water in the first place,until the Israelis stole it…

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