Jewish town sucked dry by water thieves

Sunday, July 04, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The residents of the small Jewish town of Pnei Hever south of the Judean city of Hebron woke up last Friday to find they had almost no water in their pipes.

Jewish communities throughout Judea have suffered from Palestinian water piracy for many years. But Pnei Hever has by far been hit the hardest.

Local officials told Israel National News that almost every night, Palestinians drill into the Mekorot National Water Carrier lines that run to Pnei Hever and siphon off some 75 percent of the town's water supply. Mekorot officials said there is really very little they can do, since many of the pipes run through Arab-controlled areas.

Pnei Hever has turned to the government for aid, but in such matters international diplomatic sensitivities typically preclude basic justice for Jews living on lands the whole world insists belong to the Palestinians.

Palestinian water piracy has contributed to skyrocketing water prices throughout Israel over the past two years.

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