Raw sewage from the new West Bank settlement of Amihai is flowing straight into agricultural fields worked by Palestinians from the village of Turmus Ayya.
The settlers had dug a pit near the fields for the sewage to sink into, but the hole overflows, flooding the fields. About 40 families of illegal Jewish settlers live in the illegal settlement of Amihai.
Attorney-general Avichai Mendelblit had opposed Amihai’s expedited construction and also had expressed discomfort with the establishment of a new settlement based on an army general's order.
Israeli planning authorities in the occupied West Bank approved the construction of Amihai at dizzying speed, without considering possible harm to Palestinians.
A visit to the pit built by the settlers shows it is mere meters from Palestinian fields, and contaminates them. The ground around the pit is soaked with wastewater. Members of Torat Tzedek (Torah of Justice) photographed the sewage leakage.
Nidal, who lives in Turmus Ayya, said that the sewage has been leaking from the pit on and off for two months.