Wastewater from Ariel Settlement Pollutes Palestinian Water Supply in Salfit

As is the case in numerous Palestinian communities within the West Bank, local spring water makes up for a vital source of their water. The location of this spring crops out along the hillside where it is captured and utilized by the local communities. This viable domestic water source has been used by Palestinians for centuries. Recently however it has become vulnerable to an upstream source of contamination. The settlement of Ariel which sits on top of the hill above the Al Matwi spring and the Palestinian towns of Salfit, Bruqin, Kafr ad Dik and Farkha now threatens the very source of water that these communities rely on for drinking purposes. Wastewater is regularly taken away from the settlement of Ariel via a pipeline.
Wastewater from Ariel Settlement Pollutes Palestinian Water Supply in Salfit

Just Across from the Israeli Apartheid Wall…

Home to about 3,600 Palestinians in 690 households, Faqu'a is a small Palestinian community located on the far north-eastern border of Jenin Governorate. The residents of the village are not served by a water network. In the winter, rainwater is mainly used leaving a minimal need for tankered water, while in the summer the needs are exclusively met by sporadic resources. These resources include agricultural well, that has been found to be contaminated according to documented test results in the Village Council, and on Aba and Al Jalameh filling points which are both estimated to be about 12 km away for both domestic and agricultural purposes.
Just Across from the Israeli Apartheid Wall…

Confiscated History

Al Fara spring in Hizma once supplied clean domestic water to the neighbourhoods of Jerusalem back in the early 1930’s until 1970 following the Israeli control over the West Bank, provided local Palestinian farmers with enough water for 25,000 heads of sheep, with trees and banks that served as a site of relaxation and resort for thousands of Palestinian locals in the area. The site also includes the Haritoun Monastery which dates back to the fourth century.


Since 2000, the spring has been declared as an Israeli Nature Reserve, coupled with barriers and harassment of Palestinian residents the area is now under complete Israeli control.

Confiscated History