The trip takes much longer, costs more money, and is a spit in the face to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular to the Freedom of Movement.
Wadi Qana is a river valley located in the Salfit district of the West Bank, near the village of Deir Istiya. The valley serves as agricultural land, as well as a peaceful retreat and picnicking spot for visitors from all over Palestine.
An estimated 200 Israeli soldiers conducted training raids in Deir Istiya last night. One man reported that the street in front of his house looked ‘like a war zone’, to which his friend responded: ‘Yes, but this is normal.’
Mekarot, the Israeli national water authority, essentially takes Palestinian water and sell a portion back to Deir Istiya. It is possible that they also pollute the water they sell with sewage from Revava illegal settlement.
Farmer from Deir Istiya digs a ditch to divert the sewage from olive trees onto those that can better tolerate the poisoning. Trying to fix the source of the leak he would risk his life because of settler and army violence.
Locals estimate it may have been leaking for at least 6 months, killing surrounding trees and possibly polluting underground water resources.
“The ravens will not leave until you have a smile in your eyes”: IWPS update on Deir Istiya and neighbouring villages.
Terrorising the neighbouring villages of Deir Istiya, Hares, and Kifl Hares for 3 days in a row: Violent arrests, Israeli army attacks, and threats of settler attacks.