This Sunday is World Water Day, a day to remember that access to sanitation and clean drinking water is a human right that many Palestinians are denied.
In 1967, the year Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip,water resources were brought exclusively under Israeli control. Under international law and as the occupying power, Israel holds the primary responsibility for the welfare of the Palestinians.
However since 1967, Palestinians have been denied access to their rightful share of water and have been severely restricted in their ability to develop their water resources. Other useful resources on the water situation in the occupied 
summer, the Israeli army intentionally targeted and destroyed wells, pipes,
wastewater facilities, water reservoirs and the main power station.
In the West Bank
access to water is prevented due to restrictions on movement and the
destruction of infrastructure.
or buy clean water supplied at an extortionate price by private tankers or the
Israeli Water Company Mekorot, which extracts water from the Mountain aquifer and
sells it back to the Palestinians, increasing Palestinian dependency on Israeli
in the Jordan Valley) Palestinians survive on barely 20 litres per day, the
minimum amount recommended for domestic use in emergency situations. In contrast, Israeli settlers who
live in the West Bank – in violation of international law – have swimming
pools, well-watered lawns and large irrigated farms.
new wells required a permit obtainable only through a lengthy and complicated bureaucratic
vast majority of applications made for permission to drill new wells are
denied. Demolitions of Palestinian wells occur almost daily under the
pretext of building without a permit.
In the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan
infrastructure and general condition of the camps has meant that clean water is
rare and people must rely on expensive bottled water.
water infrastructure and this means families can’t access the adequate amounts
of water needed and are susceptible to ill health, poor hygiene and poor
pressure on the camps’ existing water supply sources and networks, sewerage and
drainage systems, as well as operations related to the camps’ solid waste
enough water in the West Bank? (infographic by Visualizing Palestine)
the West Bank (infographic by Thirsting for Justice)
World Bank Report, April 2009
Other useful resources on the water situation in the occupied