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Mafasir Yatta's water pipelines cut by Israeli occupation forces, Palestine

Mafasir Yatta villagers set up pipelines that would solve their water drought and cost problems; the Israeli government destroyed the pipelines after 6 months.


In 2011, a 120,000 Euro/ a year European donation system was set up to cover the cost of buying and transporting drinking water during summer in the occupied West Bank. By the end of 2017, volunteers set up pipelines and connections worth 100,00 euros from Al-Tuwani village to several villages in the south of Hebron/Al-Khalil.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Mafasir Yatta's water pipelines cut by Israeli occupation forces, Palestine
State or province:Yatta
Location of conflict:Mafasir
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Water access rights and entitlements
Military installations
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

According to Haaretz, a European donation system (which remains unknown) has been set up since 2011, to supply enough money to transport and buy water by Palestinians, in the villages of Mafasir Yatta, which amounts to 120,000 euros/year for the 3 months of summer. The donation does not consider livestock needs.

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Affected Population:1,500-2,000
Start of the conflict:02/05/2018
Company names or state enterprises:Israeli Government from Israel
Israeli Occupation Forces from Israel - Destoryed the pipelines
Twaneh Village Council from Palestine - mobilising against the injustice
Israeli Civil Administration from Israel
Relevant government actors:Mohammed Reb’i [The head of the Twaneh village council]
Conflict and Mobilization
Reaction stageLATENT (no visible resistance)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Landless peasants
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Malnutrition
Potential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Deaths
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood
Potential: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnknown
Development of alternatives:The pipeline system was the alternative for the villages to get clean water.
The critical alternative, of course, is the end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and the implementation by Israel of international laws regarding water rights.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Because now, not only do they not have access to water through pipelines but there are also no roads to reach clean water sources to fill up.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[2]Israel Chokes Off Water Supply to 17 Palestinian Communities - Report
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[3]IOF cut off water lines feeding 17 communities in Yatta town
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[4]Israeli Forces Attempt to Cut Water Supply to Masafer Yatta
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[5]Israeli Forces Cut Water Lines in Yatta Town
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[6]Btselem coverage of Yatta
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[1]For Six Months, These Palestinian Villages Had Running Water. Israel Put a Stop to It
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Other documents

Yatta villagers watching the pipelines
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Broken pipeline
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Contributor:Bahaa Zaatiti
Last update17/05/2019
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