Arab League warns Israel on looting water resources from the region
The Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has said that the continuation of Israel’s violations and the continuing dispossession of water resources in the territory of Palestine, Syria and Lebanon disregard of international law and international conventions threaten Arab water security.
Gheit said in his speech in the opening session of the International Conference “Arab water under occupation,” which kicked off Wednesday evening said that the Arab League organized the conference to stress that the issue of water is one of the key issues on the international agenda within the sustainable development and issues of climate change “. He called for the need to secure the water resources of the Palestinian people.
He noted that the Arab summit held in 1964, discussed the Israeli theft of the waters of the Jordan saying that the Palestinian people are facing some sort of injustice and inequality, where the share of the Palestinian citizens of 15 liters per day compared with about 300 liters of the Israeli and the 97 per cent of water resources It is injected into the Gaza Strip unfit for human use as well as the difficulty of access to water resources in the West Bank.
Aboul Gheit urged the participants to discuss the implications of this issue from the political, legal and humanitarian aspects out a comprehensive vision about the Arab water rights and move the diplomatic, legal and media on them through various means.
Minister of Water Resources of Iraq Hassan al-Janabi, stressed the importance of the conference to review the reality that is devoted by the authority of the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories, which resulted in growing living gap between settlers strangers and owners of the land and indigenous accept challenges facing Iraq under the “heinous terrorist attacks”, which affected the Iraqi facilities and water resources .
Head of the Water Authority in Palestine Mazen Ghoneim called for the need to provide Arab support for the establishment of an Arab safety net for the water and provide greater impetus to this command to achieve the internationally objectives.
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, electricity Sudanese Moataz Moussa stressed the importance of the conference, which is held under the auspices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “Abu Mazen” and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, to mobilize regional and international efforts to protect Arab water rights facing violations of international and humanitarian law.
Moussa stressed that the struggle over water threatens Arab national security in light of extended Israeli ambitions calling in this context, to mobilize efforts in order to confirm the Palestinian right to sovereignty over, especially since the United Nations resolutions in support of these rights for its part.
President of the Arab Parliament Ahmed Al Jarwan said in his speech that Parliament realize the magnitude of the serious challenge on the present and future of the Arab Water is aware that the historical rights in the water is not shaken by the robbery of the Zionist authority on the Arab water and the imposition of the will of the status quo.