The Institute of Environmental and Health Studies at Birzeit University held on May 2, 2017 a workshop on the Environmental Health in Palestine.
The professor at the Institute Issam Khatib talked about the problems that face the water sector in Palestine, focusing on Hebron Governorate. He pointed out to the role of the outrageous acts of the Israeli Occupation in controlling and confiscating water resources.
According to Khatib, many Palestinians are prevented from having direct and basic access to water; therefore Palestinians are turning to building wells in their houses as an alternative.
Speaking in number, Khatib said that the occupation controls almost 70% of ground water, while unclean water is under the Palestinians control. "The Oslo Accord in 1993, has given Palestinians almost 15% of ground water, but the increase in population has made the water problem worse."
The workshop tackled a number of issues including the negative effects of wastewater on a person's health in general presented by professor Nidal Mahmoud, reasons of air pollution, and the means of preventing it, presented by Professor Ghadir Arafeh, in addition to the issue of food pollution, which was by Khatib.