CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report published earlier this week stated that raw sewage dumped from cities under Palestinian Authority (PA) control has polluted most of the streams in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).
The report, published under the joint auspices of the Environmental Protection Ministry, the Civil Administration and the Israeli Nature and Parks Service, said underground water reservoirs are likely to be contaminated from the wastewater.
According to the report, local water treatment facilities do little to the raw sewage from PA-controlled cities of Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin and adjacent Arab villages before pumping it into streams.
In some places, waste goes directly into sewage pits.
Other than Kalkilya, the west side of Bethlehem and half of Tulkarem, which are connected to Israeli waste water treatment plants, there is no existing wastewater management cooperation between Israel and the PA.
In contrast, 70 percent of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are connected to Israeli water treatment plants. A few sparsely populated outposts and some newer homes are not connected, but the amount of sewage is far less than in the densely populated PA cities.
According to the report, the Palestinians are not willing partners, viewing cooperation on the necessary infrastructure as "collaborating with the occupiers."
It's a serious problem that the Palestinian Authority has thus far refused to address.
Source: YNet news