Israel decides to poison the water in Gaza

Israel blocks vital water disinfection equipment from entering Gaza

Israel has blocked the international development organization Oxfam from bringing vital equipment into the Gaza Strip to help make drinking watersafe.
“The blockade on Gaza prevented Oxfam’s public health programme bringing in a chlorometer to help get right chlorine levels to clean water,” Ben Phillips, the organization’s Campaigns and Policy Director tweeted from Gaza today.
More than 90 percent of Gaza’s water supply is unfit for human consumption due to years of Israel’s deliberate destruction of sewage and water infrastructure, its ban on imports of equipment and pollution and over-extraction of the only underground aquifer.
As a consequence waterborne illnesses are widespread.
Phillips said that Oxfam “made an application [to Israel] to import” the equipment, but “[A]fter 8 months without agreement we had to use less effective processes instead.”
These apparently did not work. The equipment was to be shipped via Israel from a German manufacturer, Phillips added.

on Twitter

An Oxfam supported water filtering system. Because in Gaza, 95% of the water is not safe to drink. pic.twitter.com/MXrTIdOMw2
— Ben Phillips (@benphillips76) September 8, 2013

No water to wash your face

In addition to the poor quality of water, only a quarter of households receive running water every day, during several hours only.
The permanent electricity crisis means that water can frequently not be pumped and many Palestinian households must buy expensive bottled water.
“There is no water at all. I don’t even find a drop to wash my face,” Gaza student and writer Malaka Mohammed tweeted yesterday. “As a result [I] had to buy it!”

on Twitter

Today in #Gaza. Three scenes I saw. There is no water at all. I don’t even find a drop to wash my face. I, as a result, had to buy it!
— Malaka Mohammed (@MalakaMohammed) September 7, 2013

Life conditions for Gaza’s almost 1.7 million residents have deteriorated sharply since the 3 July military coup in Egypt.
Since the coup, the Egyptian military regime has destroyed dozens of underground tunnels that have provided the only alternative route into Gaza for many basic supplies banned or severely restricted by the Israeli siege.
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israel-blocks-vital-water-disinfection-equipment-entering-gaza

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8 Responses to “Israel decides to poison the water in Gaza”

  1. clivel says:

    So why have you not updated this blog with the updated information from Oxfam as reported by The Electronic Intifada, which is that Ben Phillips blamed Israel in error, when in fact the delay is actually due to the manufacturer of the chlorometre?
    Or does that not suit your anti-Semitic agenda?

  2. Andrew says:

    The reason why is obvious from the incendiary, hate-inspired “headline” he has chosen about Israel deciding to poison Gaza’s water. He is motivated by anti-semitic convictions.

  3. BoredWithNazis says:

    Oh, this is just another Nazi site – check “How Israel stole 16 trillion dollars from the USA” and similar filth on here – ignore, ignore, ignore…

  4. Tapestry says:

    I am only interested in one thing. Did they poison the water or not? If they have done so, by not permitting purifiers, then the facts stand for themselves. Call me any names you like.

    Same goes for the theft of $16 trillion. Did they steal it or not? No one’s stopping you from answering the question.

  5. Tapestry says:

    Why the need for a chlorometere? No doubt the Israelis insisted on one.

  6. Ben says:

    “Call me any names you like.”
    I think “idiot” and “liar” will suffice.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Howard from the Big Bang Theory and his mates are hitting the keypad with all these anti-semite accusations, next thing you’ll be called a “denier” lol

    Dont you like Arabs Tap? 😉

  8. Ben says:

    Hi Anonymous,

    I called your buddy Tap an IDIOT and a LIAR. If you want to project anything else you think I’m thinking about him (which would also be asinine and false because neither of us know each other), that’s your problem.

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