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Israel is denying Palestinians clean water -- an obvious war-crime

Palestine is 'not getting clean water'

Israel is not allowing Palestinians enough clean, safe water, Amnesty International claimed yesterday.

Its restrictions meant some Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip go without even poor quality water, according to the human rights group.

It claimed water consumption in Israel was 300litres a day per person while it was just 70litres a day in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

'Water is a basic need and a right but for many Palestinians obtaining even poor-quality, subsistence-level quantities of water has become a luxury that they can barely afford,' said Amnesty's Donatella Rovera.

But Israel described the allegations as 'preposterous' and insisted it had met its obligations under the 1993 Oslo agreement, while Palestinians have failed to meet their own requirements to recycle water and were not distributing water efficiently.

'Israel supplied Palestinians 20.8million cubic litres above and beyond what it is obliged to do under the water agreement,' said Mark Regev, spokesman for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The water authority in Israel called the Amnesty report 'biased and incorrect, at the very least' and said that, while there was a 'water gap', it was not as big as presented in Amnesty's findings

Israel itself is facing unprecedented water shortages and rising tariffs.


The Metro, "Palestine is 'not getting clean water'", 28 October 2009.

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