Palestinian Sewage

One of the problems with resolving the Arab Israeli conflict is the incredible culture gap. The way things are done in the West just does not happen in the Middle East. And, when you can get past the way things are done, you often can’t get to WHAT needs to be done.

My Dad is a retired water pollution specialist and has rubbed shoulders with Palestinian environmentalists in many different settings. Unfortunately, these environmentalists are forced to deal with village chiefs that are ignorant of the risks of untreated sewage and ignorant of the ways to handle those risks.

Furthermore, when equipment is set up to handle their sewage problem, it is routinely damaged and rendered inoperable because of mismanagement.

Are the Palestinians doing this on purpose?

No.

But, it is these kinds of divisions that help fuel the conflict.


Samaria in a sewage stalemate

By SHARON UDASIN 02/03/2012, The Jerusalem Post

All but one of 22 Palestinian villages refuse connection to sewage line, Environmental Protection Ministry says.

Gilad Erdan tours Samarian communities By Courtesy Environmental Protection Ministry
Swirling in the strikingly green valley below the southern Samaria community of Nofim is a rambling stream amid grass and trees – filled with dangerous quantities of sewage.

A subterranean sewage pipe connects to the underbellies of four of the five surrounding settlements – Nofim, Yakir, Etz Ephraim and Sha’arei Tikva – and will within a few months also connect to that of Ma’aleh Shomron, bringing all of the effluent to a treatment facility in Eliyahu.

Despite Israeli offers to connect the 22 surrounding Palestinian villages to the same pipe, all but one of them refused the proposal, Environmental Protection Ministry and Shomron Regional Council officials explained during an exclusive tour of the area on Thursday.

Instead, their sewage flows into the aquifer below and ends up directly in the stream, according to the officials.

“That’s a testament to the fact that we are doing everything we can to prevent pollution in Judea and Samaria, but nevertheless, the Palestinians refuse to cooperate,” Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan told The Jerusalem Post during the tour.

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