Tens of Thousands of Jerusalemite Palestinians Still Lacking Water
Monday June 02, 2014 21:15 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group
A statement recently released by Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has revealed that 60-80,000 Palestinian Jerusalem residents have been without running water for 3 months.
According to the statement, several neighborhoods in north-east Jerusalem, namely the Shu’fat Refugee Camp, Ras Khamis, Ras Sh’hadeh and Dahiyat a-Salam, all separated from the rest of Jerusalem by Israel's massive (and illegal) apartheid wall, have been denied a regular supply of water from Jerusalem’s water utility company, Hagihon, beginning in March of 2014.
Israel began occupying East Jerusalem in 1967. After the conflict, it redrew Jerusalem's municipal boundary, extending it into the West Bank, to encompass what were then small Palestinian communities, and annexing lands which were then made to be a part of the city.
The annexation is illegal under international law, to which Israel and their Western backers are signatory.
Israel considers all of East Jerusalem to be part of its capital, with some 200,000 Israeli Jews and 300,000 Palestinians now living in occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians demand to be returned as their own capital of a future nation.
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