Mekorot is the national water company of Israel. With their power and reach, they were able to deprive the Palestinians to have the right to access water systematically. It was executed via policies including international pillage of its natural resources and discriminating Palestinians as ethnic group that have resulted to the support of illegal settlement enterprise.
During Ramadan, Mekorot shuts down water to various cities as well as villages in Palestine and the ones that have taken the hit most are Salfit, Nablus and Jenin.
It had forced its citizens to spend days and weeks without water access while suffering temperatures that’s beyond 35 degrees Celcius. .
This brewed renewed campaigning against the water company. An example of this campaign is the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine that’s based in Boston, Massachusetts.
United for Palestine
The intensity of the campaign is so massive that it had attracted and united people worldwide in support of the Palestinian people. From players of Agario and several game titles, athletes in various sporting events, human rights activists and even the United Nations have took notice of the campaign.
As part of their campaign against the water policies implemented by Mekorot, the group sent an open letter to Israeli Consul based in Boston. The letter was also distributed on a national scale to raise awareness towards the water apartheid of Mekorot as well as its actions throughout Ramadan.
Success for the Campaigns
In the letter, it outlined how the company has dramatically restricted the water of access of Palestinian people and cutting off water supplies to several cities as well as villages. The group is held Israel for being accountable for all these actions as it was violating the international human rights law.
Victory came when Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine has visited State House in Boston in order to send out the letter and discuss the serious situation in Palestine to every legislator. Upon the arrival at State House, they’re oriented that the legislators will be voting on a bill that same afternoon including a BDS or anti-Boycott Divestment and Sanctions. After the constant pressure from rights advocates of Palestine, Senator Cynthia Creem who pioneered the anti BDS legislation soon withdrew the amendment.