Local Israeli news have been filled in recent days with reports of the discovery of the polio virus in the sewage in the south. A program for the mass polio vaccination of children in the south was initiated almost immediately. However within the space of a week the virus has been detected in central Israel too, so the immunisation campaign is now being widened to include all of Israel.
Since all Israeli children are vaccinated against polio at the age of a few months old, with booster shots at a year, one could be forgiven for wondering where this wild polio virus suddenly sprang from.
A rather alarming but well-documented article by the blogger “Haifa Diarist” points the finger squarely at the Palestinians:
On 3 June 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported:
“In Israel, wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was isolated from sewage samples collected on 9 April 2013 in Rahat, southern Israel. . . . Genetic sequencing and epidemiological investigations are ongoing to determine its origin. Preliminary analyses indicate the strain is not related to the virus currently affecting the Horn of Africa.”
Medical News Today explains:
“What causes polio? Polio is caused by the poliovirus, a highly contagious virus specific to humans. The virus usually enters the environment in the feces of someone who is infected. In areas with poor sanitation, the virus easily spreads through the fecal-oral route, via contaminated water or food. In addition, direct contact with a person infected with the virus can cause polio.”
On 3 July 2013, Israel’s newspaper Haaretz reported:
“Almost 90 percent of sewage from Palestinian towns in the West Bank flows into the environment untreated, contaminating the groundwater and 162 kilometers of streams,“ according to a report prepared by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority.
“The report, prepared for the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Civil Administration in the West Bank, is based on water samples taken from various locales in 2012. It found that some 50 million cubic meters of sewage flow into the environment from Palestinian towns every year. Only 5 million cubic meters go to treatment plants, some of which are substandard. This affects Israel as well as the West Bank, since the polluted streams flow into Israel.. .
Israel has tried to cope with the problem by building treatment plants near the Green Line separating Israel from the West Bank and treating the contaminated water once it enters Israel. But the facility built to treat the Hebron Stream − the most polluted of all − can’t handle the volume of waste it receives. Contaminated water reaches nearby communities, emitting a stench and attracting mosquitoes.”
On 11 July 2013, Arutz Sheva reported:
“Traces of the poliomyelitis (Polio) virus are continuing to appear in sewage treatment facilities in southern and central Israel according to the (Israeli) Health Ministry.” The central areas where the virus has been detected include the Lev Hasharon (Tulkaran-Tel Aviv) area, Modi’in (Green Line), Ramle (Green Line), Tel Aviv, Ashdod (south of Tel Aviv). The southern areas are Rahat, Be’er Sheva.
None of this Palestinian contamination of Israel should come as a surprise because in February 2012, the State of Israel Water Authority, in a report (Powerpoint presentation) entitled “The Water Issue Between Israel and the Palestinians,” stated:
“The Palestinians constantly breach the [Oslo Water] agreement, as shown in the following:
1. The Palestinians do not treat their sewage which flows freely in the [West Bank] streams and into [pre-1967] Israel, contaminating the [pre-1967 Israel] environment and the [pre-1967 Israel coastal] aquifer en route.
2. The Palestinians are not developing any new water source, either through sewage treatment, or desalination (also in contradiction of the [Oslo] Water Agreement, M.L.).”
The key topographic/geologic fact is that what is termed the ‘West Bank’ is the mountains of Judea and Samaria. And any Palestinian untreated sewage water introduced into the aquifers of the Western salient of the mountains of Judea and Samaria gravitationally migrates underground westward into the aquifers of pre-1967 Israel. Geologically, there is no functional impermeable dividing line between the political pre- and post- 1967 Israel. Hence, it is impossible to stop Palestinian Authority untreated sewage water from contaminating pre-1967 Israel.
All the contaminated polio clusters in central Israel are in line with the general westward flow of the contaminated sewage water from the PA. This makes it very probable that the polio now being discovered in these areas and in southern Israel is from the northern and southern lobes of the area. And the ceding of Israeli civilian jurisdiction over Palestinian Authority sewage is a direct result of the Oslo Accords.
Is the Palestinian Authority purposefully and knowingly contaminating Israel’s aquifers with sewage? Israel has begged the Palestinian Arabs for years to install sewage treatment plants at no cost to them and with funds from abroad. But the Palestinian Authority has refused to build anything except one small sewage treatment plant. Given that Palestinian Arab sewage is gravitationally bound to migrate westward into the pre-1967 Israel coastal plain, Palestinians (and Israelis!) could easily have predicted the biological diseases that this untreated sewage water would cause to pre-1967 Israel: Polio, for one.
Israel could define this as a possible instance of what the Geneva Convention terms Genocidal War Crimes. Israel and its civilians are being attacked with a form of biological warfare.
A long-standing trope of anti-Israel activists is that Israel either steals Palestinian water or otherwise poisons it, whether deliberately or as a result of those eeevil settlements carelessly disposing of their sewage. It now appears, from the above report, that the exact opposite is probably true.
Is it too much to hope that Israel’s lawyers are readying their case for suing the Palestinians for criminal negligence at the very least, if not for active bio-warfare?