Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ)

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Water

  • There are 8 groundwater basins in Palestine/Israel, four of which are partially or totally located in the West bank and Gaza.
  • Israel largely controls the aquifers within the borders of the West Bank, granting Palestinians minimal access to fresh water.
  • Even though Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip constitute over 35% of the general population of historical Palestine, they are granted less than 10% of the shared water resources.
  • The current Israeli consumption average is 350 liter per person per day, while the average consumption of Palestinians does not exceed 76 liter per person per day  with many communities consuming no more than 30 liter per person per day, due to scarcity of water.
  • According to the Palestinian Hydrology Group, Palestinians spend 30-40% of their  monthly income on water (as compared to the recognized world average of 5%).
  • Israel’s wall and settlements seize vital land and water resources, and effectively pre-empt a fair and equitable future allocation of the West Bank’s water resources.
  • The West Bank has become a dumping site for hazardous waste as a cheap and easy alternative (i.e., to avoid the strict Israeli environmental laws governing the disposal of waste) at the expense of the health of Palestinians and the region's drinking water.
  • West Bank groundwater contains toxic substances including chloride, arsenic and heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Findings of Palestinian Central  Bureau of Statistics and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) showed that 73.4% of southern West Bank families live in areas contaminated with waste water.
  • A recent Palestinian-German study found excessive nitrate levels in the  drinking water of  Gaza. 90% of their water samples were found to contain nitrate concentrations that were between two and eight times higher than the limit recommended by the WHO.