SIS: Israel’s the Biggest Enemy for the Palestinian Environment

GAZA, Palestine, June 3, 2007 (IPC)
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The State Information Services (SIS) confirmed that the Israeli Occupation Forces turned wide areas of Palestinian arable lands into barren areas for its security reasons as well as the establishment of settlements and colonies.

Occupation authority surrounded these settlements and no-go zones by beautiful barbed wires interspersed with chains of military observation towers and constructed hundreds kilometers of bypass roads away from the colonies. Palestinian roads were divided by military checkpoints with large blocks in order to separate the Palestinian territories and make them isolated from each other and to become a significant impediment against the movement of Palestinian citizens from one place to another within the homeland.

A recent report issued the Palestinian National Information Center PNIC indicated that Israel had to make the Palestinian territories a dump site for solid and liquid wastes that have dangerous radiations, in addition to the draining of water exposed to the pollution which is clearly impact the environment.

The report pointed out that Israel has continued to confiscate the Palestinian lands for the construction of settlements since 40 years, bringing thousands of immigrants from around the world to inhibit the Palestinian territories.

The eve of the al-Aqsa Intifada that broke out on 29/9/2000, Israel has full control on 56.16% of the total Palestinian territories to be used for the establishment of settlements and building of bypass roads addition to the confiscation of large areas to make be security zones, or to be used as natural reserves for the future expansion of settlements or the establishment of new settlements.

To serve these colonies, occupation forces confiscated about 80 kilometers to build a network of bypass roads amounted to 795 km in length to connect the settlements with each other from hand and to be linked with Israel on the other hand, which led to the isolation of Palestinian cities and towns from each other, where Palestinians are prohibited from using these roads.

The report stated that the length of the wall : 728 kilometers, (this distance along the wall has far exceeded along the armistice line between the West Bank and Israel after the signing of the Rhodes treaty in 1949 between Israel and neighboring Arab countries, and the length of the two lines reached 350 meters, The reason for the increase in the length of the wall is attributed to the large jagged strains resulted from the overlap between Palestinian cities and villages and the Israeli settlements established in the Palestinian territories after the occupation of those territories in 1967. The walls built deeply 23 kilometers inside the Palestinian territory as in Salfit area where Israel has established the Ariel settlement, which the Israeli government decided to annex it inside the wall).

Akram Abu Amr, the Director of Palestinian National Information Center: “Israel has put water at the top of its priorities after the occupation of the Palestinian lands in 1967 where the first military order issued by the Israeli Military Governor even before the war on 6/07/1967 was all the water is possessed to the State of Israel and was followed by several military orders to strengthen Israeli control over Palestinian water.

Abu Amr said that Israel exceeded the limits of what was agreed upon, and controlled the 86.5% of the Palestinian water whereas the Palestinians only had the right to use 13.5% of water.The report stated that the Israeli occupation authorities also practiced a policy of environmental destruction and razed large areas of the agricultural lands through the Palestinian territories in the period following the al-Aqsa Intifada, occupation forces razed about 80700 dunums and uprooted 1400000 trees and destroyed 425 water wells and 33800 dunums of irrigation networks and ditches as occupation forces killed tens of thousands of animals like cows, sheep and hundreds of thousands of poultry farms. It also severely damaged the homes of Palestinian citizens, in which it destroyed partially and totally about 72737 Palestinian houses.

He pointed out that Israel used the Palestinian territories as dumps of different kinds of solid wastes, including toxic and dangerous wastes in which they threw their wastes in the territory of Salfit province, Arraba governorate of Jenin, Abu Dis in Jerusalem and the province of Nablus and the rest of the areas where the colonies scattered in different Palestinian governorates in the West Bank which lead to damage the environment generally, these wastes spread bad smell and emit toxic gases resulted from the disintegration of many wastes. In addition, these areas became a home for insects and a source of diseases.
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