Huge sewage outflows from illegal Israeli settlement poison Palestinian land

Sewage from the illegal Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit has again been flowing on to farmers’ fields in the Palestinian village of Wadi Fuqeen, near Bethlehem, causing terrible damage to crops and poisoning the land.

For two days now, raw sewage has poured on to large areas of farmland in Wadi Fuqeen.

Regular and longstanding members of the British-based Friends of Wadi Fuqeen group will have heard about this issue many times before. However, on 28 September they received some photographs that give an idea of just how serious the problem is.

Some villagers went down to the fields on the 28th to show a group of Methodist church visitors the extent of the problem and the visitors have shared their digital pictures with the Friends of Wadi Fuqeen group.

The sewage outflows are sporadic but occur about once or twice a wee; however, the latest contamination is of considerable scale. The photographs show urine and faeces spread across the fields.

Please excuse the quality of some of the photographs. We have to take what contemporary pictures we can get hold of to show the truth of the situation. But they give an indication of what is repeatedly happening to the village of Wadi Fuqeen.

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