Blue Planet, an international civil society movement begun by the well-respected Council of Canadians, has published a LifeSource report on The Human Right to Water in Palestine outlining Israeli violations of the human right to water and nonviolent resistance to these violations, recommending the boycott of Israel.
In this report written by local experts and grassroots activists who are a part of the Palestinian LifeSource collective, we learn that Israel has been found guilty by independent UN bodies of violations of the human right to water, but these findings have not led to any improvement in the condition of Palestinians on the ground.
In fact, Israeli violations have been increasing. Israel is demolishing Palestinian water and sanitation infrastructure, cutting water to Palestinian communities and using military force to prevent Palestinians from drilling wells and accessing their fair share of transboundary water resources. Israel is drilling deep wells in the West Bank in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and exploiting underground water resources from deep wells inside of Israel in violation of its commitments under Oslo.
The authors make a compelling case for boycott, divestment and sanctions as a nonviolent means to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinians human right to water and sanitation.
“It is the recommendation of this report that global citizens continue boycott, divestment and sanctions and other forms of resistance that are proving successful in building a global movement, with the aim of generating a global consensus around defying Israel’s illegal restrictions on Palestinian water and sanitation development.”
Youth from Jabalya Camp paint a mural depicting their struggle for water justice (LifeSource)
Blue Planet is a leader in the global water justice movement. This report marks an important landmark in the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.
Blue Planet is active with local organizations and activists working on grassroots struggles to protect democratic, community control of water, and building a movement to secure an international treaty on the Right to Water. The founder of this project, Maude Barlow, served as Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
LifeSource is a Palestinian collective working at the grassroots level, both locally and internationally, to grow a popular movement for Palestinian water rights by raising public awareness of water rights violations, promoting successful strategies of non-violent resistance, and connecting popular movements locally and globally in support of Palestinian water rights.
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