Israeli occupation authorities discharged Sunday night, September 24th, 2023, wastewater from the ‘Sha’arayim Tzofim’ colonial settlement towards agricultural lands in the southeast of the West Bank city of Qalqiliya.
Local sources reported that Israeli settlers hailed from the ‘Sha’arayim Tzofim’ settlement released large quantities of wastewater towards the lands of the villages of ‘Azzun Atma’ and ‘Beit Amin’ in the southeast of Qalqilya. These waters inundated vast agricultural lands planted with plenty of olive trees.
Local residents said this wastewater has damaged their agricultural lands and negatively affected the quality of the crops, which they sell in markets to be their source of living.
Likewise, Israeli occupation authorities attempt to seize Palestinian indigenous water and move it directly to nearby colonial settlements in a bid to legitimize these Jewish-based outposts and drive people out of their lands.
This has been viewed as a tool of colonial domination and discriminatory practices Israel implements to provide for One People Only.
In 2013, the Palestinian human rights group Al Haq described this policy as “Water Apartheid”, detailing how Israel’s command of water resources in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip promotes the displacement of the Palestinian population and represents “only one element of an irreversible structural process that can only be described as colonial”.
Palestinian water has been controlled by ‘Israel’ since its occupation in 1967.