According to official Palestinian figures, Israeli settlers in the West Bank consume 10 times more water on average than the territory’s Palestinian residents.
“Currently, West Bank Palestinians consume around 70 liters of water per capita per day,” Abdel-Rahman Tamimi, who runs the Palestinian Hydrology Group, told Anadolu Agency.
“In Israel, meanwhile, daily per capita water consumption stands at some 300 liters, while [Israeli] settlers in the West Bank consume as much as 800 liters per day,” he said.
According to the World Health Organization, people require a minimum daily water allotment of between 100 and 120 liters to maintain the most basic standard of living.
While the Palestinian population has doubled since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the amount of water available in the West Bank — roughly 110 million cubic meters of water per year — still remains at 1995 levels, experts say.
“According to the accords,” Tamimi said, “the Palestinians’ water quota should have reached 200 million cubic meters by the year 2000.”
Israel, he added, “has not only failed to implement the second phase of the agreement, but reduced the amount of water supplied to the Palestinians by some 10 percent”.
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