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Palestinians make serious charges that Israel and especially Israeli settlers steal their water. Why does this story only mention this in passing in the 25th paragraph?


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fly bird (26)
Monday June 1, 2015, 1:17 am
Did you get the New York Times today? Hasbara Central took over the front page of the country’s leading newspaper. This article, along with a gigantic photo, fills the top of the front page: “Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought,” by Isabel Kershner. The url says it even better: “water-revolution-in-israel-overcomes-any-threat-of-drought.html.”

Do I even need to spell it out? Here’s the key paragraph:

As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli households, agriculture and industry is now artificially produced.

Israel has made the desert bloom.

It’s not till the 23d paragraph that Palestinians are mentioned, and then in a fairyland manner:

Struggles between Israel and its Arab neighbors over water rights in the Jordan River basin contributed to tensions leading to the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel, which shares the mountain aquifer with the West Bank, says it provides the Palestinians with more water than it is obliged to under the existing peace accords. The Palestinians say it is not enough and too expensive. A new era of water generosity could help foster relations with the Palestinians and with Jordan.

The article has comments. I sent in an anodyne comment last night. I wrote:

Palestinians make serious charges that Israel and especially Israeli settlers steal their water. Why does this story only mention this in passing in the 25th paragraph?

And the Times didn’t run it. Not more than 12 hours later.

Other people are making a similar point, about Palestinians’ access to water, but no one’s criticizing the article qua article. You can criticize by saying, Oh, Palestinians say such and such, but to point out the bias in the article itself, that’s another matter.

The Times moderators apparently do not want the paper’s reporting and editorial decisions criticized.

And in fact, many of the comments are pro-Israel, pro ecology. Some say, U.S. should follow Israel and do thus and such.

But really, how can you claim to be a newspaper and run an article like this without giving a lot of space to the fact that disputes over water are a central element of the illegal Israeli colonization project? The idea that you can describe Israel as being a leader in the water area and a model for societies everywhere — unbelievable.

This is why I call it hasbara, or propaganda for Israel. One of hasbara’s themes is Israel’s high tech successes, and the idea going back to Ben Gurion that Israeli modernization would be so spectacular that Palestinians would jump on board the Zionist project because they were doing so well. This article is explicitly in that spirit. And just look where the Times played this article!

We will be reporting soon on the actual facts of water usage in Palestine.

But for now, you should know that Palestinians experience water shortages all the time. Israel controls the water resources throughout the occupied territories. That’s more than half the water supply that Kershner mentions in that article. For instance, Israel takes 80 percent of Palestinians’ water from a major West Bank aquifer, says the human rights group B’Tselem. the distribution of water is grossly discriminatory: Distribution of water under Israeli control.

And B’Tselem has reported that 90 percent of the water in the Gaza Strip is undrinkable — and 1.8 million Palestinians live there.

Here you can find reports by Ewash, which is devoted to Palestinian water problems under occupation. Here’s another graphic from Ewash on water distribution.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday June 1, 2015, 2:37 am
Water access has been a major conflict driver throughout history - and all around the world. It is not unique to the Israel-Palestine situation - but it is a significant factor.

Not only do the occupied territories receive considerably less water than do the settlements (after all - their lawns & their swimming pools & decorative fountains are far higher priority than drinking water for Palestinian villages!), the settlements polute part of the water supply by their dumps & waste runoff.

A very recent example: Israel To Confiscate 820 Dunams For New Settlements' Dumping Ground ....
'The Israeli Authorities have decided to confiscate around 820 Dunams (202 acres) of privately owned Palestinian lands to establish new dumping grounds for its illegal colonies, in the central West Bank"

"If the Israeli government manages to take control of the 820 Palestinian Dunams, the total impacted area from the new dumping grounds would be around 2000 Dunams, which would be contaminated by runoff and debris.

These lands contain fertile soil and farmland, in addition to many water wells ..."

With the Israeli national water company drawing huge quantities of water from the upper Galilee to sell to Israel & the Occupied Territories, much of the Jordan River along the West Bank is little more than a polluted trickle .... impacting on Palestinian agriculture.

For anyone who is interested & who cares -
When you take your shower, you probably use an average of 75 litres of water. That is the average estimated for people who take a normal shower ...
The Palestinians receiving water from Mekorot get an average TOTAL per capita of 73 litres PER DAY - for all uses.
(Those not on the network have to rely on wells & springs - many of which are polluted by run-off from the settlements & their dumps ..... and their daily average is only 20-50 litres per day, largely polluted)

The settlers get an average of 183 litres per capita per day ...

Equitable? Adequate? ....

Thanks Jess - this is a critical human problem
That the NYT promotes such a one-sided picture is not at all surprising ...

Carol R (11)
Monday June 1, 2015, 7:24 am
Thanks Jess.

Alexa R (319)
Monday June 1, 2015, 9:59 am
Something positive about my beloved country, Israel into the NYT ..

Whoa ..! That's a first .. Normally the antisemitic stench from its pages is giddy heady drug..

Alexa R (319)
Monday June 1, 2015, 10:13 am
Oh, and by the way, one positive article, in like FOREVER, is simply not going to wing it for me .. I would still not by the NYT .. Perhaps they should simply stick to their Israel-bashing - at least that would keep their buyers list happy .. All they've now achieved with their positive article is to exceedingly anger their reader list ..

Alexa R (319)
Monday June 1, 2015, 10:14 am
Oops *buy

jan b (5)
Monday June 1, 2015, 4:49 pm
Most likely the ones stealing the water is HAMAS. They have been stealing funds from the people living in GAZA----so say the Fatah in the Strip,

The support for Israel is too -- for selfish reasons---- and would mean significant lifestyle changes for some consumers. Thousands of products that contain or use Israeli-developed technology, including iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Skype, computer firewalls, and Microsoft XP.


Evelyn B (63)
Monday June 1, 2015, 11:23 pm
jan - perhaps you could unpack that statement.

I'm not sure how Hamas could be stealing water that is capted in Galilee - how would they move it?

fly bird (26)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 12:12 am
@Alexa - antisemitic, cowardly, whining and attitudes from the likes of you, stink to high heaven.

Mona E (0)
Tuesday June 2, 2015, 12:54 pm
All the news that fits our bias, we print.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 3, 2015, 11:16 am
Mondo Weiss is a known anti-Israel hate site, spreading lies and hate about Israel.

This site is frequently used by Islamist and Arab Nationalist propagandists to spread their dawah on the Internet.

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