Settlers pour wastewater in Salfit’s olive fields
SALFIT, (PIC)– Israeli settlers from Bdo’ial illegal settlement poured Saturday morning wastewater into olive fields north of Salfit, eyewitnesses reported.
The sources told PIC reporter that severe damage was caused due to the settlers’ attack.
The local activist Khaled Maali pointed out that 24 nearby settlements’ wastewater are polluting Salfit over the past years and the situation is getting worse.
The waste problem is now creating a major health problem to Salfit’s residents in total violation to international conventions, he said.
“The industrial waste from Israeli factories and the wastewater from the neighbouring settlements have increased. Our crops are unsafe to eat and our livestock are threatened. Children are suffering from skin and stomach illnesses. The smell is foul and we have a problem with insects. Most of the dumping of waste is deliberate,” locals complained.
They also appealed for the protection of their natural springs and archaeological sites from settlers’ almost-daily attacks.
As occupying power, Israel has the duty according to Article 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of ‘ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory in order to prevent the spread of diseases and epidemics.’