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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)

Israel to demolish entire Palestinian village in Negev

8 May


Falastin News, falestinews.com, 7 May 2015

Israeli Supreme Court decided to demolish “Atir” village in Negev to replace it by a Jewish village with pasturage.

The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in 1948 Occupied Palestine (Adalah) said, in a statement, that the Israeli court issued Tuesday evening a final decision to raze the village and displace its inhabitants.

The population of Atir village which is also called Um al-Hairan exceeds one thousand.

The demolition decision was issued after 13 years of judicial proceedings for cancelling the evacuation and demolition orders. However, the decisions made by Israeli Supreme Court cannot be appealed as it’s the highest judicial authority.

Adala Center opined that the court’s decision shows that the court admits the intention to replace the Palestinian village by a Jewish one.

The people of the village were moved into it by Israel in 1956 by an official order after they were displaced in 1948, it added.

The court, however, issued the order regardless of the humanitarian, political, social and historical dimensions, the center pointed out.

38 other Arab villages in Negev are unrecognized by Israelis since they occupied Palestine in 1948. The villages are inhabited by more than 85,000 Palestinians; all of them are Bedouin.

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