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(en) Palestine-Israel, Demonstration at the dump near Dir Sharef by kobi snitz 11 Apr. 2005

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Date Mon, 11 Apr 2005 23:49:17 +0200 (CEST)

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The people of Dir Sharef can smell the occupation when they drive
out of the village. They can taste it in olives and in the water and
breath it in when the wind blows from the quarry.
Dir Sharef is a village of 5300 people in the Nablus district of
Palestine. Today, for the first time, a demonstration was held
against a new garbage dump which has been operating in the
area for two years. The dump has recently received a lot of attention
after a story in Ha'aretz exposed a plan to dump millions of tons of
Israeli trash at the dump and that the dump does not meet
environmental standards. See the story in Haaretz (in Hebrew)*

The demonstration marched from the village towards the quarry
where the dump is located. About 150 people from the village and
from Nablus turned out and were joined by internationals and
Israelis. The marchers did not have to get very far to see and smell
the damage done. Along the side of the road is a fast flowing river of
sewage that runs very close to the main water source for 300,000
people who live in Nablus and 13 surrounding villages. A Grant
from the German government is available for a water treatment
plant but the Israeli authorities prevent Palestinian construction in
area C. The quarry itself generates large amounts of dust that are
probably the cause of a large number of respiratory illness in the
area. At the far end of the quarry is the dump. The site is under
preparation but the dumping has already started. In addition to the
sewage, the dump site is also located close to the aquifer. The
Israeli infrastructure ministry has decided that the site is unsuited
for household dumping but tons of household garbage is already
dumped there. The dump site is chosen because it is cheaper to
dump in Palestine but the dumping is not completely free. The
settler regional council is charging the operators of the dump for the
permission to use the site. Needless to say none of the proceeds will
be used for the benefit of the Palestinians on whose land the dump
is located.

Over the dump there is a mysterious factory which appeared a year ago.
The factory is at an Israeli industrial area but is rumored to be
Palestinian owned. Some people were of the opinion that the plant
is used to recycle motor oil but that could not be verified at the site.
The factory pours its waste down the hill towards the olive groves.
A black smelly substance that the farmer says has made the olives

On the way back to the village an army jeep arrives. The soldiers
are truly confused at the site of Israelis marching in Palestine. They
wondered if we the Israelis have guards with them and were told
that the only protection the Israeli activist require is from the
soldiers themselves. This did not impress the soldiers who called for
reinforcements and followed the marchers into the village in a
provocation that could have ended badly. Throughout their
incursion into the village the soldiers insisted that they are there for
the protection of the Israelis. One of the Israelis present was Itai
Levinsky who was shot in the eye last year by the IDF while at
another demonstration. Like the other Israelis present he has had all
the IDF protection he can stand...
* Media reported during the day that demonstrators try to prevent trucks
from dumping garbage near Kdumim...
"About 200 people of: Anarchists Against The Wall, Green Action, and
Palestinians, arrived at the garbage dump between Kdumim and Nablus.
They are trying to provent the entry of garbage trucks arriving fro the
Sharon region of Israel..."

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