Huge Amounts of Israeli Contaminated Organic Waste are Disposed of into the Open Lands in the Jordan Valley
Israeli toxic compost thrown on the territory of the Palestinian Jiftlik village in the Jordan Valley
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Afaq / Horizons magazine has been given exclusive information that huge amounts of Israeli contaminated organic waste is being dumped into the Jordan Valley . The waste is from hundreds of thousands of Israeli homes and settlements in the West Bank. The contaminated solid waste is being dumped in open lands. The waste is organic and inorganic pollutants that has been partially covered with soil. It is spread over thousands of acres west of the Jordan River and north of Jericho. The landfills emit toxic gases from the burning of the waste and its decomposition.
This dumping and accumulation of waste is hazardous to the environment. It pollutes the soil, natural springs and groundwater. It's presence in such close proximity to the local population has affected children with dehydration and respiratory problems. Dehydration came as a result of diarrhea and prolonged bowel problems that are a direct result from the pollutants.
According to the Israeli Environmental Ministry nearly half a million Israeli homes in 49 municipalities are engaged in the process of separation of organic solid waste. Israeli environmental and human rights organizations revealed that the Israeli Ministry of Environment granted a license for the transfer of contaminated soil from 1948 territory into the West Bank. It was transported to the “Compost Or” Israeli facility in the Palestinian Jordan Valle. Adjacent to the settlement there is a waste management facility for processing of approximately half the amount of toxic sludge produced from the Israeli wastewater treatment plants; The sludge produced from the facility is a mixture of solid organic and inorganic substances that contain harmful bacterial and biological pollutants.
Within the past year, Afaak/Horizons has discovered an Israeli factory manufacturing fertilizers called " Tov Lam ". It is located east of “Miswa” settlement in the heart of the Palestinian Jordan Valley and is backed by French investors. Afaq /Horizons magazine has learned that laboratory tests have proved that the Israeli fertilizer contain high concentration of toxic elements produced by the facility and marketed in the Palestinian areas of the Jordan Valley.
There are health risks from the spread of contamination from contaminated soils to the Palestinian population. The polluted soils can cause serious damage to agricultural lands in the Jordan Valley, These lands are within meters from the Israeli contaminated soils; as well as polluting the groundwater.
Human rights and Israeli environmental authorities revealed that the Israeli Ministry of Environment granted a license for the transfer of fuel contaminated soil from lands inside Israel to the territory of the West Bank, in particular to the established settlement called "Compost Or" in the Palestinian Jordan Valley territories.