Wed Aug 18th, 2010 at 04:49:15 PM EST
The cynical title of this report is [a slight variation on] Jeff Halper's way of introducing us to the latest news on the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by Israel-Palestine, while the Israeli PM Netanyahu claims an interest in negotiating peace. President Obama released videotaped Ramadan wishes last Friday, sending "best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world" and wishing them "Ramadan Kareem" on "behalf of the American people, including Muslim communities in all 50 states." 'Kareem' variously means 'generous, bountiful, gracious, noble,'. in short, 'Happy Ramadan.'
But for Palestinians, most of whom are Muslim, residing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem it is not a happy time.
Earth Report - 2003 - Conflict over water in Israel/Palestine.
Kayed Jaber is a Palestinian. For generations, his family has farmed a valley near Hebron. Kayed and his brother Ismael grow fruit and vegetables for market - an activity made possible in the parched desert by the ancient technique of storing rainwater in underground reservoirs. But the old reservoirs are not big enough so the brothers are building two new ones.
In the hills above Ismael and Kayed's lands, there is an Israeli settlement called Kyriat Arbat, where the settlers enjoy lush green parkland and a swimming pool. The settlement is connected to the Israeli water grid so they don't need to collect rainwater - they can just turn on the tap.
Now, Kayed and Ismael's water problem has turned into a battle with the Israeli Civil Administration.
The Civil Administration believe that Kayed and Ismael's reservoirs haven't been built to catch rainwater but to store water illegally diverted from pipelines destined for Israeli settlements. Even though there is no proof of water-stealing, Israeli army bulldozers move in to destroy the reservoirs anyway. By effectively cutting off the Kayed's water supply, the Israeli's are making life virtually impossible for them.
(Watch the rest of the 2003 BBC report in the YouTube embedded above the fold.)
Jeff Halper is the Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions is based in Jerusalem and has chapters in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The second video quoted by Halper:
TV cameras capture the distressing moment when a five-year-old Palestinian boy sees his father arrested for stealing water.
Yes, arrested for stealing water, his own water!
Missing link to Jeff Halper article added and over-long transcript edited by DoDo