Hamas admits Gazan water crisis its own fault
For years, Hamas has been trying to blame Israel for a 'water crisis' in Gaza. Now, they admit that the crisis was caused by overpumping by 'Palestinians'
using the towns from which Jews were expelled ten years ago.
The Hamas paper Al-Risalah conducted an investigation into
the subject of Jewish agricultural land in Gaza that was evacuated in
the 2005 Disengagement plan, and found that despite Arab claims that
Israel has caused a water crisis in Gaza, local residents are in fact to
In its investigation, which relied on figures from the Hamas
agricultural ministry, the paper found that excessive use of water for
agriculture by local farmers was behind the shortage of water.
In particular the raising of vegetables that require vast amounts of
water, digging wells without supervision, and pumping water excessively
was found to be the culprit of Gaza's water woes.
The paper of the Hamas terror organization noted that prior to the
2005 expulsion of all Jews from Gaza, no more than 20 wells were being
used by Israelis in Gush Katif, and they were dug around a kilometer
from the coast so as to trap rain water.
The average pumping from these wells was around 20-30 cubic meters per hour.
Today, the number of wells in the area has tripled, and the Arab
agricultural unions working in the evacuated Jewish communities dug
close to 30 more wells - in addition to the 16 dug by the municipality.
But of course, they blame the Jews anyway.
Labels: Gaza, Gaza expulsion, Gaza Palestinians, Gaza water supply, Gush Katif, Hamas