21/06/2016, 00.01AM Jerusalem time
As summer approaches, thousands of people in the West Bank – like every year - are left with no water by the Israeli national water company Mekorot. Israeli claims fail to acknowledge that their very policies are the reason for insufficient access to this most basic need.
21/06/2016, Ramallah - EWASH is strongly concerned by recent reports of water cuts and restrictions by the Israeli water company Mekorot to thousands of people in several villages and towns in the Northern West Bank.
One year on 120,000 people across the Gaza Strip are still disconnected from the water network.
One year since the ceasefire that ended the summer 2014 war on Gaza, the water and sanitation (WASH) situation across the Gaza Strip remains very critical.
Since the start of the Israeli assault on Gaza on 8 July 2014, the water and waste water infrastructure in Gaza has been heavily affected by Israeli airstrikes. It has now been six months since the conflict, and the main water supply and wastewater infrastructure is still in need of urgent repairs.
21 September, 2014, Gaza City
Over 60 young Palestinians in Gaza took to the beach on Sunday, to collect trash as part of the International Coastal Clean-Up day in an event organised by EWASH, a group of NGOs working in the water and sanitation sector in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The dire water situation in Massafer Bani Na’im
Massafer Bani Na’im is a rural Palestinian village located east of Hebron and scattered around Area B and C. The village counts up to 3500 people, majority of who are herders. In the past, the village had more inhabitants and agriculture was a major economic activity; however almost half of the population left due to the restrictions on planning and building in Area C that prohibited the community in Massafer Bani Na’im from developing their livelihoods.
Since the start of the Israeli assault on Gaza on 8 July 2014, the water and wastewater infrastructure in Gaza has been heavily affected by Israeli airstrikes. Main water supply and wastewater infrastructure has been hit and as a result the water supply or sewage services to 1.2 million (2/3 of the total population in Gaza) have been cut or severely disrupted. The targeting of civilian objects under situation of hostilities is prohibited according to International Humanitarian Law and is considered a war crime.
Over the past three weeks, tens of thousands of Palestinians have lived without an adequate supply of running water in East Jerusalem.
Approximately 50.000-60.000 people have been affected by water shortage in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ras Khamis, Ras Shehadeh, and Dayhat a-Salam and the Shu’fat Refugee Camp. In total it is estimated that up to 10’000 Shu’fat refugee camp residents still remain without water for the large majority of the day.
Brussels, 20 March 2014
The Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes and property and the number of Palestinians displaced by these demolitions reached a five-yearhigh in 2013. Throughout the period of peace negotiations in 2013, demolitions accelerated across Area C and East Jerusalem, with a 43 percent rise in demolitions and a 74 percent rise in displacement compared to the same period in 2012.
27 November, 2013
Indications of low funding for WASH humanitarian response under CAP 2013 noted with only 7% of the appeal actually realized and 27% provisionally approved.
In May 2013, a total of 42 truckloads of WASH material entered Gaza: the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) coordinated the entry of 13 truckloads of material for the NGEST and the Austrian-funded wastewater reuse project, OCHA coordinated the entry of 18 truckloads of chlorine and UNDP 11 trucks for their water project in Beit Hanun.
Samir Al-Attar, age 40, owns two dunams of land in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. He grows fruits and vegetables. For years, Samir used an old agricultural well to irrigate his plot. Recently, he has had to stop using the well due to the high salinity of the water. Tests indicate that the level of chloride in the water is 12 times more than the amount recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
13 September, 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords. Since then, Palestinians have come no closer to achieving their basic water rights. In the West Bank, Palestinians have access to less water per capita than they did in 1993 due to Israel’s continued exploitation of the shared mountain aquifer, and the restrictions it imposes on the development of essential Palestinian water infrastructure. As a result, Palestinians are increasingly dependent on purchased water from Israel to meet their basic water needs.
JERUSALEM, April 1, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Monday completely cut off the water supply to ten villages located northwest of Jerusalem, according to a local official.
Yousef al-Faqeeh, head of joint services council of these villages, told WAFA that the Israeli authorities restricted the amount of water pumped to these villages; residents were living on very small amounts of water and now the water supply is completely cut off.
28 december 2012
by Eva Bartlett
Action Against Hunger (ACF); ActionAid; American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); Asamblea de Cooperación por la Paz (ACPP); CARE; Comitato Internazionale Sviluppo dei Popoli (CISP); Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT); EWASH; HelpAge International; Hilfswerk der Evangelischen Kirchen Schweiz (HEKS); Polish Humanitarian Action (PAH); World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza
26 WASH project proposals worth 17,680,292 USD were accepted for inclusion in the 2013 Consolidated Appeal Process.