Sunday, July 27, 2008

Remember: It's still not apartheid.

Which is what everyone from Barack Obama to AIPAC will tell you, despite the obvious resemblance.

From the Hebrew daily Ha'aretz:

. . . Israel's Water Authority said on its Website average daily per capita water consumption, including household and industrial use, was about 770 liters (203 gallons) in 2005 - over 10 times the 60 liters (16 gallons) Attili said Palestinians consumed last year.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said a drought - which has this year deprived parts of the West Bank of almost half its normal rainfall - and "unfair" distribution of water resources would cause severe shortages in Palestinian areas this year.

The International Committee of the Red Cross last month started trucking in water for about 1,000 people and 50,000 animals in the worst affected areas of the southern West Bank.

"We have water under our feet," Attili said. "But people are thirsty and we aren't allowed to use it while settlers and Israelis in general are enjoying swimming pools and irrigation."

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