Before we get to our feature presentation from a Forum at the Columbia University Law School, we take a minute to point out how once again, in the midst of devastating heat in Palestine, Israel is using the withholding of water as a weapon to inflict illegal collective punishment on the Palestinian population. Israel controls all the water in Israel Palestine, even the water it extracts from the West Bank aquifer and the water under Gaza. It is liberal with water allocations to Israelis to fill their pools, and bellies, and water their shrubbery, but allocates little to Palestinians to meet the basic necessities for survival. And it charges four times as much money to Palestinians than it does to Israelis to purchase water, even for water it extracts from Palestinian territory.
Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, sent a letter to senior Israeli Government military and water officials demanding that they cease cutting water supplies to Palestinian residents of