Al-Haq Statement on World Water Day calls on corporate actors to end business operations that enable water apartheid in the OPT

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World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day held on 22 March that highlights the importance of fresh water.

By Al-Haq – Defending Human Rights | Mar 22, 2022

Israel’s control over all aspects of water in the OPT renders the Palestinian economy captive and entrenches an apartheid regime of discriminatory and segregating laws and policies.

Water Day, the annual United Nations day of observance on the importance of freshwater, draws attention to the billions of people around the world who are denied their basic human right to live with clean, accessible, and affordable water. This year, Water Day focuses on groundwater and the critical importance of cooperation in managing transboundary groundwaters.

In Palestine, a region rich in groundwater, Israel’s discriminatory water policies have led to water shortages in Palestinian towns and villages, no access to running water in rural communities, and waterborne diseases as a major cause of death in Gaza. Israel illegally appropriates Palestinian land, pillaging Palestinian water and then discriminately allocates water supplies to its citizens and to illegal Israeli settlements at the expense of Palestinians, who own and are entitled to access these water resources. As a result, Israel’s “water-apartheid” facilitates gross and systematic denial of Palestinians’ rights to adequate water, institutionalizing a regime of racial domination and oppression over the Palestinian people.

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