Adalah Appeals to Water Tribunal to Connect Arab Bedouin Unrecognized Villages in the Naqab to the Water Network
Israel) On 25 September 2011, Adalah filed an appeal to the Haifa
District Court sitting as a Water Tribunal on behalf of residents from Umm
el-Hieran and Tel Arad, two Arab unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Naqab
(Negev). The appeal, which will be heard on 22 November 2011, follows a
decision by the Water Committee denying the residents’ request to connect their
homes to water, despite the Israeli Supreme Court’s ruling on 5 June 2011,
which stated that both villages were entitled to access to water. (See: C.A.
(Civil Appeal) 9535/06, Abdullah Abu Musa'ed, et al. v. The Water Commissioner
and the Israel Land Administration).
Water Committee, in refusing to connect the villages to water, stated that two
other solutions existed to ensure access to water for the residents: they can
move from the unrecognized villages to recognized towns or they can purchase
water tanks and fill them from water connection centers in the recognized
towns. The appellants reject these solutions.
the appeal, Adalah argued that the Water Committee’s decision contradicted the principles
articulated in the precedent-setting Supreme Court ruling, which recognized a
constitutional right to water stemming from the constitutional right to
dignity. The Supreme Court ruled that Arab
Bedouin residents of the unrecognized villages were entitled to “minimal access
to water” regardless of the status of their village. The appeal was filed by Adalah Attorney
Citation: Appeal 51011-09/11, Salim Abu al-Qi’an, et al. v. Water Committee,
more information, see: http://www.adalah.org/eng/pressreleases/pr.php?file=15_06_11