VIDEO – The story of Israel’s hazardous waste in the Occupied West Bank

Heinrich Böll Foundation Palestine & Jordan

22 april 2019

Over the past several years, Palestinian and Israeli environmental and human rights organizations have documented the transfer of Israeli solid waste into areas of the occupied West Bank. In December, 2017, B’Tselem an Israeli human rights organization revealed that Israel has supported the establishments of 15 waste treatment facilities in the occupied West Bank. The facilities process hazardous waste and dangerous substances such as medical waste, solvent waste, oil waste, metals, electronics and batteries as well as sludge. Although these facilities are intended to treat waste, B’Tselem says it is still a polluting industry that could have implications on the environment and public health. The report also revealed that Israel designated these areas as “sacrifice zones” where Israeli strict environmental regulations are not applied and where Israeli businesses are profiting illegally at the account of Palestinians. Furthermore, it has been documented that municipal and other waste from Israel and its settlements is being transferred near Palestinian communities in the West Bank, either to established landfills or dumped or buried in random location in an insanitary method. These practices are perceived to be systematic and considered by many to violate international law in the occupied Palestinian territory.

This film was produced in cooperation with Ma’an Development Center as part of a Heinrich-Böll-Foundation’s project in the MENA region titled: “Clean it up! Waste in the Middle East and Northern Africa – new ideas how to deal with it.” Disclaimer: “This film has been produced with the financial assistance of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. The views expressed in the film are those of the author(s) and interviewee(s) and do not reflect the opinion of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung”.

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