The Union of Agricultural Work Committees revived World Water Day
last Thursday with an activity in Tamoun Girls high school in Tubas
governorate, where the students, the teaching staff, and the agricultural
committee participated in the activity, which included planting garnish
seedlings and using greywater in the school to irrigate it, in addition to
painting a mural on the entrance of the school for the occasion.
UAWC revives World Water Day annually, in a
confirmation on Palestinian’s rights to their water, that the Israeli occupation
controls over 85% of; a fact sheet issued by UAWC about the water sector in
Palestine stated that Palestinians use only 14.2% of the total water capacity
in historic Palestine, and that the per capita share of water for Palestinians
in the WB and GS is 79.1 and 79.7/person/day respectively in 2014, compared to four
times more for settlers, not to mention that 97% of the water in GS does not meet
the global health standard, additionally, 18.5% of the water available for
Palestinians is purchased from Mekorot, the Israeli occupation’s national water
company; in 2016 the company reduced the amount of water pumped to 14 Palestinian
communities in the North by 50%-70%, forcing the villages to rely on transferred
water, which costs between 20-50 NIS per m3.
The Israeli occupation’s control over the
Palestinian water resources and depriving Palestinian of their rights in reaching
and using their own water resources, is the main issue that Palestinians face
in the agricultural sector, that is why UAWC revives World Water Day every
year, to confirm Palestinians’ right to access and use their natural resources.