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Give us our sons back, and we’ll restore your power supply – YNET

Op-ed: When the Goldin family asked the government to pressure Hamas to return the bodies of soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, they were warned that any pressure would lead to war. But when Abbas asked Israel to cut electricity supplies to Gaza, the government approved it right away. Now, Goldin’s father and brother write, […]

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Electricity Shortages in Gaza Lead to Beach Pollution Just Over the Border in Israel – Haaretz

The Israeli Health Ministry believes that the shutdown of a Gaza sewage plant due to power shortages led to pollution at Zikim beach and Ashkelon National Park, which have been closed to swimmers Almog Ben Zikri Jul 06, 2017 Beaches in southern Israel were closed to swimmers on Wednesday due to pollution, after power shortages […]

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Israel to build pipeline to absorb sewage from Gaza – YNET

Due to the reduction of electricity to Gaza, the wastewater facility in the Gaza Strip has been shut down, causing overflow into Israel; Israel’s Water Authority instructs Sderot and the Sha’ar Hanegev to absorb the sewage of Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanun. Matan Tzuri|Published: 01.07.17 Israel will build a pipeline to absorb sewage from neighborhoods […]

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First in Palestine – Electricity generated from sewage – WAFA

By Bassam Abu al-Rub NABLUS, July 6, 2017 (WAFA) – To the west of Nablus, a sewage treatment plant was built. The land around it is planted with trees and other crops. Sewage and waste water coming from the western sections of Nablus, as well as from five villages, are collected at this station, which […]

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U.N. Rejects Israeli Accusations of Hizbullah Posing as Green NGO / Israel Accuses Hizbullah of ‘Dangerous Provocation’ – Naharnet

23 June 2017 The United Nations on Friday rejected Israeli claims that Hizbullah militants were establishing observation posts along the border under the cover of an environmental NGO. The Israeli military on Thursday published pictures of a building near the Israeli-Lebanese border supposedly controlled by an organization called Green Without Borders. The U.N. peacekeeping mission […]

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Industrial waste water leaks from Israeli chemical plant – Jerusalem Post / Environmental Protection Ministry mulls criminal probe into Ashalim acid spill – YNET

Industrial waste water leaks from Israeli chemical plant – Jerusalem Post By JPOST.COM STAFF 06/30/2017 The public is asked to avoid Ashalim and nearby routes until further notice. A leakage of industrial waste water with high acidity occurred on Friday afternoon at the Rotem Amfert plant, causing acidic water to flow into the Ashalim area […]

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Israel pulls research into Haifa pollution and high cancer rates – YNET

After no clear link was found between the studies and Haifa’s high morbidity rates, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environmental Protection call for a halt to the current research and a focus instead on biological monitoring, a methodology that was able to find a connection. Ilana Curiel|Published: 25.06.17 , 20:38 The Ministry of […]

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Lebanon dam planned over fault line stirs controversy – Egypt Independent

Lebanon dam planned atop fault line stirs fears among local residents June 29, 2017 Lebanon’s government says a dam planned for a valley near Beirut is vital to tackle chronic water shortages, but the location on a seismic fault line has raised fears among residents. “How can you build a dam in an earthquake zone? […]

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Ending the sewage—Israel and PA combine efforts to save Kidron Valley – YNET

After decades of foot dragging, it appears that a solution for one of the biggest pollution hazards in Israel, the Kidron Valley, has been found, as a combined initiative with the Palestinian Authority may restore the valley to its natural, non-polluted beauty. Amir Ben-David|Published: 09.06.17 Over the years, huge amounts of raw sewage from southeast […]

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Garbage Dumped in Sea Off Lebanese Coast Sparks Outrage – Naharnet

A “mountain of garbage” dumped at sea off Beirut under a deal between the government and a company has sparked outrage in Lebanon, two years after mass protests over a waste crisis. For the past 10 days, civil society groups have shared images of trucks carrying rubbish and tipping it into the Mediterranean, a process […]

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Two arrested for ‘emptying sewage tanker next to well’ – Jordan Times

Until May, over 30,000 violations on water mains and resources have been prevented — ministry By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 06,2017 AMMAN — Two people have been arrested in Maan Governorate for emptying a sewage tanker beside a well that supplies water to thousands of people, an official said on Tuesday. The well is located […]

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OECD Slams Israel for Slacking on Environmental Legislation Vows – Haaretz

Israel has failed to pass green licensing law for factories, which it promised to enact after joining organization in 2010 Zafrir Rinat Jun 15, 2017 The OECD has slammed Israel for not meeting its commitments to advance environmental regulation as it promised after joining the organization in 2010. Specifically, Israel has not approved a law […]

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Ramallah facing severe water crisis; Israel to blame, says Water authority – WAFA

RAMALLAH, June 13, 2017 (WAFA) – The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) Tuesday accused Israel of the new water crisis facing Ramallah and its environs, saying failure to repair a damaged water pipeline has exacerbated an already existing problem. The PWA said in a statement that a water pipeline near al-Jeep, southwest of Ramallah, that supplies […]

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How low can you go: Sea of Galilee lowest in 97 years – YNET

The source of much of Israel’s water supply is at its lowest level since 1920; water level due to drop one more meter by the rainy season, beginning around November. Ahiya Raved|Published: 06.06.17 , 23:34 The Sea of Galilee’s water level was recorded last May as the lowest it has been in almost a century, […]

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Aoun Chairs Meeting on Israel Theft of Lebanon Water, Says Country Won’t Bow to Pressures – Naharnet

President Michel Aoun chaired a meeting of a committee tasked with addressing solutions to Israel’s theft of Lebanon’s water resources, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday. The Baabda Palace meeting was held in the presence of Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil, NNA said. “Lebanon cannot give up its rights in its territory […]

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Egypt reportedly offers electricity to Gaza in exchange for security coordination – Ma’an

June 13, 2017 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — As Gazans prepare for the dire humanitarian consequences of an Israeli decision to cut down its electricity supply to the besieged coastal enclave by some 40 percent, Egypt has offered to provide more electricity to Gaza — but only if Hamas cooperates with Egypt in its harsh ‘counterterrorism’ crackdown. […]

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UN says Gaza crisis is ‘internal Palestinian dispute’ on 10th year of Israeli blockade – Ma’an

June 14, 2017 2:27 P.M. BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After Israel decided to drastically cut electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip at the request at the Palestinian Authority (PA), UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory Robert Piper characterized the ever-worsening crisis in Gaza as “an internal Palestinian dispute” — as Israel’s military blockade on […]

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Gaza power shortage to worsen as Israel reduces supply – Al Arabiya

AFP, Jerusalem Monday, 12 June 2017 Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after funding cuts by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, a minister said Monday, worsening an already severe shortage in the Hamas-run enclave. The security cabinet decided Sunday to reduce the daily amount supplied to Gaza by around 45 minutes, Israeli media […]

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Water Drilling Plan in Golan Heights Draws Ire of Israeli Environmentalists – Haaretz

‘If they want water for agriculture they should take it from Golan reservoirs or Sea of Galilee, but not harm springs and streams,’ Israeli green activist says Zafrir Rinat Jun 07 The Water Authority is planning to approve additional groundwater drilling in the northern Golan Heights over the objections of environmentalists, who argue that the […]

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PA official blames Hamas for ‘obstructing’ solution to Gaza electricity crisis – Ma’an / WAFA

June 5, 2017 BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An official of the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority (PENRA) blamed the ongoing electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip on Hamas, the de facto ruling party in the besieged coastal enclave, in an interview with official Palestinian Authority (PA) news agency Wafa on Monday. Acting PENRA chairman Zafer […]

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