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Illegal landfill near Qalqilyah, between the towns of Jayus and Azun, Palestine

Dump site used for industrial and chemical waste from Israeli factories located inside the Green Line as well as domestic waste settlements contaminates groves and puts community's health at risk


A waste dump near Qualqilyah between the towns of Jayus and Azun,is located on top of an aquifer that supplies a local Palestinian population of many thousands with drinking water. The dump became officially operational in 1989 and was used for dumping industrial and chemical waste from Israeli factories located inside the Green Line as well as domestic waste from the nearby Israeli colonies in Qana Valley. Local entities submitted a number of complaints to the Israeli 'Civil Administration' in the West Bank but no action was taken. When the Palestinian Authority was established in 1993, the village councils and municipalities resumed their attempts to close the dump but it was used until it reached capacity in 2000.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Illegal landfill near Qalqilyah, between the towns of Jayus and Azun, Palestine
State or province:Qalqilya
Location of conflict:Jayus
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Waste Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Landfills, toxic waste treatment, uncontrolled dump sites
Specific commodities:Domestic municipal waste
Industrial waste
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:0.5
Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:12 000 population of Jayus and Azzoun
Start of the conflict:01/01/1998
Relevant government actors:Israeli Civil administration
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Local organizations, Al Haq
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Wastepickers, recyclers
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Air pollution, Fires
Health ImpactsVisible: Other Health impacts, Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Application of existing regulations
Proposal and development of alternatives:Potential court action seeking remediation of contaminated water and prevention of further contamination
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Sources & Materials

[1] The Israeli established garbage dumpsite between Azzun and Jayyus and its effect on humans and environment.
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[2] Israeli dumping site amidst Palestinian residential areas
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Contributor:Environmental Justice in Palestine team
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:1649
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