New Israeli pumps aimed at stealing Silwan water supply 28Sep11 September 28, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre  -  27 September 2011

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A group in Jerusalem has accused the Israeli occupation authorities of using large pumps to steal the water supply from the historic Ayyoub well in East Jerusalem’s Arab Silwan district.

Located 450 meters south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the 130 meter deep well had supplied Jerusalem, Jericho, Ramallah, and Bethlehem with water, said Fakhri Abu Diab, a member of the Silwan defense committee..

Before Israel, the UN Relief Works Agency installed pumps there in order to supply Palestinian communities in the occupied territories and Jordan.

Abu Diab said a few years ago the Israeli authorities began stealing part of the well’s water and transferring it to the Jewish settlements. A few days ago, those authorities installed large pumps and tanks in a step aimed at transferring the water to the western half of the city, he said.

Elsewhere, Israeli authorities flooded a large area of the historic Muslim Ma’manullah cemetery with threat of serious damage, sources familiar with the incident said Sunday.

Mustafa Abu Zahra, the chairman of a cemetery maintenance committee, said he saw large deposits of water in the western part of the cemetery caused by water pipes set up there.

The Muslim cemetery is the largest and most important in Jerusalem, with several of the Prophet Muhammad’s companions buried there. It is the site of many controversial construction projects that involved the removal of skeletons

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