One of the great Zionist lies is that Israel “made the desert bloom”. It didn’t. Palestine was doing just fine til Israel came along. But it isn’t now. Despite Ramallah getting more rainfall per year than London, water supplies are a real problem in occupied Palestine. Except for one group: the Israelis, and the illegal settlers. Israel steals vast quantities of water from Palestine, ensuring that the Palestinians are left with a pittance.
Not just that – Israel long ago made it illegal for Palestinians to sink wells, or to take water from Israeli wells. Palestinians are regularly shot, attacked and imprisoned simply for trying to get water.
The graphic below, from the excellent Visualising Palestine, describes the problem. Please feel free to share it – and next time a supporter of Israel tells you it’s a democratic, peaceful state, remind them: This is apartheid. Different roads for Jews. Military trials for Palestinians – in fact a completely different set of laws applied to Palestinians. Water denied to the Palestinians. “Skunk water” sprayed over Palestinian homes and farms. And, in Gaza, the deliberate total destruction of the sewer system, so the Gaza coastline stinks like a sewer and presents serious health risks to the population. This was carried out by Israel as a parting gift when it withdrew from Gaza and sealed its population in (along with massive destruction of Palestinian graves by IDF soldiers).
This is apartheid.