Palestinian domestic water supply averages 50 – 70 litres per capita per day (lpcd). The World Health Organisation recommends that minimum water supply be 100 lpcd to ensure good health and hygiene practices. Israeli domestic consumption averages 280 lpcd.
In Tubas district (West Bank) average consumption for 48,000 Palestinians is 30 lpcd. In Beka’ot settlement (12km south of Tubas) residents consume around 401 lpcd.
Many Israeli and Jewish leaders, groups and individuals are determined to transform the West Bank and particularly East Jerusalem in to a majority Jewish area for religious and ideological reasons. To this end, while settlements increase, Israel uses tactics such as house demolitions to increase the ratio of Israelis to Palestinians. Since 1967 Israel has demolished more than 25,000 Palestinian homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, often on the pretext that that the construction was ‘illegal’. Yet Palestinians are routinely denied planning permission by the Israeli authorities, while Jewish settlements grow.
Now groups within Palestine have been joined by international organisations to issue a call for a campaign of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. You can find out more about the BDS movement here.
Visualizing Palestine is a website providing graphics to help in understanding the situation on the ground in the West Bank.