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Israeli official in LA denounces National Geographic water exhibit

Ma’an -08/05/2010

Bethlehem – Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan reportedly sent a letter of complaint to the venue hosting a National Geographic photo exhibition highlighting Israel’s unequal water policy, Israeli media reported on Friday.

The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibit, coinciding with the magazine’s special issue Water: Our Thirsty World, features the works of award-winning photographers looking at water from environmental, social, political and cultural perspectives.

The Consul General voiced complaint over photo captions which include “Israelis relax by the Sea of Galilee, a lake near the Golan Heights that is fed by the Jordan River and that supplies a third of Israel’s fresh water. Since 1967, Israel has blocked Syria’s access to the shoreline,” the Israeli news site Yedioth Aharonot reported.

According to the news site Dayan’s letter said the venue is being used as a political tool to spread lies about Israel’s part in the global effort to provide clean and fresh drinking water, and the exhibit falsely depicts Israel as a country that steals water while its neighbors suffer from a drought. The opposite is true, wrote the consul general.

The original feature published in April 2010 by the National Geographic writes that since occupying the West Bank in 1967, settlements have been supplied water by Mekorot, Israel’s national water authority, “which has drilled 42 deep wells in the West Bank, mainly to supply Israeli cities.”

The article further said according to a 2009 World Bank report, “Israelis use four times as much water per capita as Palestinians, much of it for agriculture. Israel disputes this, arguing that its citizens use only twice as much water and are better at conserving it.”

In contrast, Don Belt writes, West Bank Palestinians “have been largely prevented from digging deep wells of their own, limiting their water access to shallow wells, natural springs, and rainfall that evaporates quickly in the dry desert air.”

When these sources run dry in the summer, experts told Belt, Auja’s Palestinians “have no choice but to purchase water from Israel for about a dollar a cubic yard—in effect buying back the water that’s been taken out from under them by Mekorot’s pumps, which also lower the water table and affect Palestinian springs and wells.”

The three Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian experts interviewed by Belt were further featured in an a recent IRIN article, in which the environmentalists paint a grim picture of the state of the Jordan River, and urge swift action.

“If immediate action is not taken the River Jordan will run dry by 2011,” Baha Afaneh, Jordanian coordinator for the Jordan River Project of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME), said at a conference in Amman on 3-4 May.

According to a FOEME report, the once mighty river is now barely a trickle, fed by saline water and sewage from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

“Israel has diverted saline water from springs into the river. Today some 20,000 million cubic metres [of saline water] flow into the river annually,” said Gideon Bromberg, the Israeli director of FOEME.

Some three million cubic meters of untreated sewage per year pours into the river from Beit Shea’an Municipality in Israel, despite the fact that Israel is considered a leading country in the region in terms of sewage treatment, Bromberg said.

In March, four days after an Israeli minister threatened to restrict the West Bank’s water supply, Israeli authorities closed off the main water source used for agriculture in a Jordan Valley village committee members and lawyers said.

May 8, 2010 - Posted by | Full Spectrum Dominance, Illegal Occupation


  1. Israel loves to fiddle with the facts. Eventually the chickens do come home to roost.

    Comment by Big Joe | May 8, 2010

    • Not a question of fiddling with the facts (although the “facts” in the exhibition are false). The question is why in an exhibition of 65 photographs of water from all over the world, only the Israeli-related captions contain political criticism of the host country?

      Comment by Arye | May 8, 2010

      • Arye,

        Please share with us any details you can provide on other governments which impose such racist mal-distribution of water resources.

        Comment by aletho | May 8, 2010

        • Are you implying that Israel was singled out for criticism because, of all the nations of the world, Israel was the only country deserving of criticism when it comes to allocation of water resources? Surely you can’t be serious.

          Comment by Arye | May 8, 2010

          • Arye,

            Don’t respond with a straw man argument. Name an equally heinous racist regime’s comparable criminality or get lost.

            Comment by aletho | May 8, 2010

  2. Re: The coming World Government

    Quote from the Jewish Talmud:

    Simeon Haddarsen, fol. 56-D: “When the Messiah comes every Jew will have 2800 slaves.”

    Comment by moshe | May 8, 2010

  3. Liars and thieves! That’s all they’ve ever been and that’s all they’ll ever be! The international community needs to put the bastard state of Israel in it’s microscopic place.

    Comment by Mike | May 8, 2010

    • Simeon Haddarsen, fol. 56-D: “When the Messiah comes every Jew will have 2800 slaves.”

      Israeli Population is about 7 million- (1.2 M Palestinians +1.0 M Russians who are not Jews + 0.3 M Imported laborer) = 2.5 Non-Jews in Israel that makes the Jewish population of Israel = 4.5 Million.
      Take the USA population which is equal to 300 M.
      Let’s do the math
      How many slaves does each Israeli Jew have? 300,000,000/4,500,000=66.66 Slaves. If you add the Europeans to this mix then you might be at about 120 slaves…. You got long way to go to achieve the prophecy of 2,800.

      Israel will be destroyed before they achieve that number. Simple fact.

      Comment by Ziyad Olives | May 8, 2010

  4. I do not understand why the Zionist apologist keep trying to change the facts. Israeli government steals Palestinian waters, and then sell it back to the rightful owners four times as much as the Israeli Jews. This is a known fact and I am not going to make it easy on the SOB and tell them where they can find these facts; let them do their own research, they might learn a thing or two in the way to the truth. Bunch of idiots, thieves and apologists. Go to Hell!
    “Wars are never fought for altruistic reasons. They’re usually fought for hegemony, for business. And then of course there’s the business of war.”

    Comment by Ziyad Olives | May 8, 2010

    • Ziyad,

      Historically speaking imperial wars are fought for domination of territory and of the people living upon it, tribal wars are usually about ethnic cleansing.

      Comment by aletho | May 8, 2010

  5. One more fact: The Zionist (Israeli) consumption of water is more than four times than that of the Palestinians. Once again; Go to Hell you SOBs.

    Comment by Ziyad Olives | May 8, 2010

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  7. Jewish Israelis are utterly disingenuous about their abuse of local water resources and the wars they’ve fought with the express design to annex water-rich land. [Golan heights, Jordan valley, repeated attempts to capture the Sinai, for access to the Nile]

    Not commonly known is that in *1919* Chaim Weizmann wrote to British authorities complaining that the land then managed under the so-called ‘mandate’ would not provide adequate water resources to support the future ‘jewish’ state! 1919!

    Zionists knew very early on that they’d have to use political clout, ruse and weapons to make Palestine ‘livable’ expressly for European Jews.

    It makes contemporary Israel’s policies all the more despicable. Uprooting thousands of ancient olive and fruit orchards, using Palestinian water catchment cisterns for target practice …



    Comment by sijepuis | May 9, 2010

    • sijepuis,

      Not to mention the multiple invasions intended to secure the Litani for Israel. Even the regime change in Iraq can be construed as a move to establish a new order that will one day allow water diversions through new canal systems. Poor little Israel, the world already belongs to others.

      Comment by aletho | May 9, 2010

      • Quite right. I left out a few transgressions! And, yes, Israel is positioning itself to control ‘Kurdistan’, where it will have first dibs on the Tigris and Euphrates.

        Meanwhile the Jordan has been reduced to a dirty, salinated trickle. It appears also that Israel is beginning negotiations with Sudan to get its hands on the Nile …

        [very good website, btw]

        Comment by sijepuis | May 10, 2010

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