Michael Riordon

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Stop Mekorot

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March 22 (World Water Day) to March 30 (Palestinian Land Day) marks the first International Boycott Week Against Mekorot.

Israel controls Palestinian H20Israel’s national water company, Mekorot oversees the water apartheid policies of the Israeli state, stealing water from under Palestine to supply the needs of Israeli communities and illegal settlements, then selling the dregs at inflated rates to Palestinians.  Palestinians are forbidden to drill wells, and the Israeli army regularly destroys water tanks that gather rain-water.

Mekorot also profits from exporting its water privatization methods to other countries, turning water from a life-essential into a luxury commodity.

But recently, due to an escalating international boycott campaign, Mekorot has lost multi-million dollar contracts in Argentina and the Netherlands.

The Stop Mekorot campaign has just released a biting two-minute satirical video, Mekorot: An Apartheid Adventure.

More on the Palestine water story in Our Way to Fight: peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine.

 

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

3 thoughts on “Stop Mekorot

  1. Another informative post. I look forward to watching the video later today. A few days ago in Leeds we had a talk from a returned Ecumenical accompanist who had spent several months as a witness at one of the border crossings on the West Bank. We had a small audience but some new interested young people from the university. Please keep on going with your posts and campaigning Michael.

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  2. `Following the earlier post (March 22) re MEKOROT I have passed the link to the video to others here in the UK who are in turn passing it on. In addition, I have noticed that Ove Arup (a huge International engineering company) is considering partnering up with MEKOROT in a number of countries around big water based contracts. I have written to ARUP arguing that any tie in with MEKOROT will fly in the face of the values of their founder (the late Sir Ave Arup) and will moreover entangle them (ARUP) in a growing campaign against MEKOROT. I have had a reply from ARUP which essentially says “we are non- political” . I will continue to lobby them with the intention of getting them NOT to work with MEKOROT. I will be drawing in advice from friends and will post on this site occasionally to update people if that is OK. Alan Wallace

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    • Yes, please keep the rest of us posted on progress. Given the massive forces involved in maintaining the occupation of Palestine, it’s encouraging to see gains being made by the international BDS movement.

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