The Israeli civil administration is reportedly willing to demolish a 10-meter-deep water reservoirÂ that is the only source ofÂ water for 20 Bedouin families of the Umm Al-Jimal community, in the Jordan Valley, claiming that itÂ was built without a permit.
According to Palestine Information Center, the 20 families own 700 sheep and goats as well as 300 cows and some horses. Last year, a flood destroyed another holding reservoir which served the families’ water needs, and blocked the springâ€™s exit.
The families are concerned that destroying the current pond will once more block the spring, which is the only nearby water source available to them. A final injunction to demolish the pond was given in April 2012, but was never executed.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.