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    A source of life, water has become a major health problem in Gaza. After the fear, the hunger, now it s thirst. Israel diverts 80% of the water resources in
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2007
      A source of life, water has become a major health problem in Gaza.

      After the fear, the hunger, now it's thirst.
      Israel diverts 80% of the water resources in the West Bank and Gaza.

      A "Filter for Life" to Save Children in Gaza.

      After fifty years of appropriating the most fertile and water rich
      land in Palestine, Israel is diverting Jordan's water, which has given
      rise to reactions on the part of the UN. Since the 60s and the
      occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, Israel has profited by
      controlling the water resources of its neighbours. Sixty-five percent
      of water consumed by Israel comes from deep layers in the West Bank,
      Gaza, Jordan, and the Golan Heights, annexed by force in 1981.

      Since the year 2000, Israel has intensified its pillage of both
      surface and subterranean water through illegal measures. For example:
      Israel constructed the so-called "security wall" on the interior of
      Palestinian lands following the traces of basins of water. They also
      installed wells up to 500 metres deep all along the Gaza to take up
      water that from time immemorial flowed in the natural reservoir of

      The intensive pumping effected by Israel has thrown the hydrostatic
      balance in disequilibrium. The result: in the Gaza Strip, seawater has
      infiltrated into the water layer. Today, 90% of the tap water coming
      from that layer is salty and utterly undrinkable, and homes only have
      access to water a few hours a day.

      In the north of Gaza, where there is no separation between the water
      layers and dirty water, the sanitary situation linked to contaminated
      water has become extremely aggravated. The people are forced to drink
      this water, giving rise to an important increase in associated
      diseases, above all in children.

      Well-to-do Palestinians have the means to buy bottled water. There are
      many religious charity organizations that have built their own water
      filtration stations and take it upon themselves to distribute small
      quantities of water to the most impoverished. Moreover, several
      municipalities have built their own filtration plants and have
      installed faucets where people can go to fill their water containers.
      But this doesn't cover the entire population.

      We think it is important to support the project Drinking Water in
      order to protect the health of these poorest inhabitants of Gaza,
      those who are the most touched by malnutrition.

      The objective of this small project, A "Filter for Life", is modest
      but vital.

      Contaminated and brackish water compromises the health of tens of
      thousands of the poorest people who have no other choice but to drink
      this water. A "Filter for Life" seeks to offer to the families of Gaza
      that live in the neighbourhoods where the water is dirty and polluted,
      an individual filter that purifies and desalinates tap water.

      Every penny donated will go to the purchase of filters. The first
      beneficiaries: the poorest families, who because they lack the means
      to buy bottled water, must drink water that is salty and highly
      polluted. A donation is a way to protect those who are the most
      vulnerable, such as children, from a slow death.

      Silvia Cattori


      Donation for the purchase of water filters

      We in Labors Saddle Society would like to thank you for your highly
      appreciated donation of water filters to our needed people in
      Palestine and specially children. Your kind care for our children
      means a lot to us. Our bank details as follows :

      Labors Saddle Society

      Jordan bank Gaza branch

      Account no.2328132

      If you make a donation, kindly inform : sadeq_m66 @ yahoo.com

      of the amount paid.



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