UN joins PA slamming Israeli water infrastructure destruction
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — “It is difficult to understand the reasoning behind the destruction of basic rain water collection systems,” the UNs Humanitarian Coordinator in Jerusalem Maxwell Gaylard said Tuesday after PA officials condemned what ministers called an “escalation.”
Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority Shaddad Attili, speaking on the 10th anniversary of the Israeli-Palestinian Joint Water Committee’s ‘Declaration for Keeping the Water Infrastructure out of the Cycle of Violence,’ accused Israel of using water to target Palestinian communities in vulnerable areas and force their departure.
Gaylard warned that the continued destruction of water infrastructure, particularly for Bedouin populations and farmers, would endanger their way of life. “Such deliberate demolitions in occupied territory are also in contravention of Israel’s obligations under international law,” his statement said.
In 2010, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs recorded the demolition of 27 water cisterns and other rain water collection systems in the West Bank.