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Water Crisis

In 1967, Israel seized control of all water resources in the newly occupied territories. Israel retains exclusive control over all the water resources between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, except for a small section of the coastal aquifer in the Gaza Strip. Israel uses the water as it sees fit, ignoring the needs of Palestinians in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, subjecting them to a mostly man-made water shortage. Neither area is supplied enough water. In Gaza, even the water that is supplied is substandard and not potable.

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Israel demolishes infrastructure, leaving Palestinian farmers without water for domestic and agricultural needs

In January and February 2017, Israeli authorities demolished water supply infrastructure in two areas in the West Bank. In the southern West Bank, authorities demolished seven water cisterns used by farmers and shepherds near the Palestinian village…
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Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

The report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available…

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