All’s well that ends well? Chasing W. Bank water pirates

01.06.2011                      28.Ijar, 5771                      Jerusalemtag; Tag 43 des Omer

Wasserwirtschaft:

All’s well that ends well? Chasing W. Bank water pirates

Israeli troops scuffle with Palestinian farmers as they cap illegal water installations; official: "This could be reason for another intifada."

The Israelis arrived at about one in the afternoon – a phalanx of 30 soldiers, 10 jeeps and a tractor at this town west of Jenin. Palestinians rapidly appeared on the scene as well and soon the two sides were scuffling, with farmers shouting “Get these tractors away before something happens” and climbing aboard a tractor in an effort to stop it from working.
Confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians are nothing new, but this one may portend a new kind of friction as the scare water resources of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza come under increasing strain from growing populations, rising living standards and recurrent droughts….