A French parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee report says Israel is practicing “apartheid policies” in distributing water resources in the West Bank.
The report said that water has become "a weapon serving the new apartheid", blasting Tel Aviv as deliberately pounding water reservoirs in the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009.
The report also added that the Israeli regime was also blocking “many water purification facilities planned by the Palestinian Water Ministry.”
"Some 450,000 Israeli settlers on the West Bank use more water than the 2.3 million Palestinians that live there," the report said. "In times of drought, in contravention of international law, the settlers get priority for water."
It also said that "the separation wall being built by Israel allows it to control access to underground water sources" and to "direct the flow of water westward."
The unprecedented report was prepared by former French Agriculture Minister, Jean Glavany under French President Lionel Jospin, who was tasked by Foreign Affairs Committee of the French parliament to report on geopolitical impact of water in confrontation zones throughout the world.
Glavany visited the occupied Palestinian territories and the West Bank in May 2011 in order to write his report.
This is while, the Israeli embassy in Paris learned about the publication of the report two weeks after its release on the French parliament’s website and failed to sway the report or reject it.
The Israeli foreign ministry is reportedly dismayed over the neglect, citing the move a serious political mishap.