Water Is Life

Al-Marsad re-publishes its report ‘Water Is Life: A Consideration of the Legality and Consequences of Israeli Exploitation of the Water Resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan’ in view of Israel’s continued illegal extraction of water from the Occupied Syrian Golan at the expense of the native Syrian population – and recent cuts by Israel to water supplied to the Occupied West Bank, leaving thousands of Palestinians without safe drinking water.

 

Israel is continuing to illegally extract the water resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan, at the expense of the native Syrian population. At the same time, it has cut water supplied to another occupied population: tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank have been left without access to safe drinking water over the summer, with some Palestinian areas not receiving water for over 40 days.

Consequently, Al-Marsad is re-publishing its report ‘Water Is Life: A Consideration of the Legality and Consequences of Israeli Exploitation of the Water Resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan’.

The report considers how Israel relies on the water that it extracts from the Occupied Syrian Golan, despite this extraction being illegal according to multiple provisions of international law. It describes how Israel applies discriminatory policies that result in the native Syrian population of the Occupied Syrian Golan not only being allocated less water than Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements, but also having to pay more money for the water they receive.

The report considers various businesses and industries – such as recognised brands like Eden Springs and the Golan Heights Winery – based in Israeli settlements that illegally profit from the extraction of the water resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan, despite condemnation from the international community.

In addition to an end to the occupation, the report calls for an immediate halt in Israeli settlement expansion and the exploitation of natural resources in the Occupied Syrian Golan. It also calls for the promotion and protection of the human rights of the remaining native Syrian population, including its fair and equitable access to natural resources.

Full report available here:  Water Is Life: A Consideration of the Legality and Consequences of Israeli Exploitation of the Water Resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan

Report summary available here:  Water Is Life: A Consideration of the Legality and Consequences of Israeli Exploitation of the Water Resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan – A Summary