Eden Springs Water – Jews profitting from Occupation

Eden Springs Ltd. is an Israeli Jewish mineral bottling company located in Qatzrin, the largest Jewish settlement in occupied Golan Heights. The settlement is built on the Syrian village of 474 natives, which was bulldozed after the Jewish occupation of Golan Heights in June 1967. Before the occupation, over 130,000 Syrian Muslims and Christians lived in the area. Most of them were terrorized by the invading Jews and consequently now less than 16,000 natives remain in the area.

The Zionist entity invaded Golan Heights one day after Damascus agreed to a cease-fire with Tel Aviv. The Israeli reason was that it needed Golan Heights as a ‘buffer zone’, like the recent ‘Security Wall’ to keep the stone-throwing natives away from the civilized European thugs. However, the main reason was economical exploitation of the Arab land and its water sources both of which are desparately needed by the Jew settlers who were despised in their native East European countries. So far, more than 13,000 Jews have settled on land stolen from the natives, which proves that had the occupation really meant as a ‘buffer zone’, why the Jews would be allowed to settle there?

Nancy Tuohy prepared a research paper, titled Eden Springs water in the Syrian Golan, which she presented at OPGAI and AIC Conference held in Bethlehem on October 24-25, 2009.

The Golan region is Syrian territory which has been illegally occupied by Israel since the  Six  Day War  in  June,  1967.  Following  this  illegal  occupation,  Israel  forced 131,000  inhabitants  (whose   descendants   now   number   approximately   500,000 international  displaced persons) to leave the Golan and destroyed two cities, 130 villages and 112 agricultural farms.

In December 1981, the Knesset passed the Golan Heights Law, which attempted to illegally  annex the  Golan  by  placing  the  occupied  territory  under  Israeli  law, jurisdiction and administration. The UN Security Council responded later that same December by passing Resolution 497 which affirmed that ‘the acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible’ and asserted that ‘the Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdictions and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect’.

UN  Resolution  59/33,  on  31  January,  2005  reaffirmed  the  1981  Resolution  and emphasised ‘the illegality of the Israeli settlement construction and other activities in the occupied Syrian Golan since 1967’.

The people of the Golan have continuously resisted attempts at the ‘Israelisation’ of their region, with this resistance culminating in a five month general strike in 1982.2Not a single state has granted recognition to Israel’s annexation of the Syrian Golan, and numerous UN resolutions since 1981 have reasserted that the occupation is illegal under international law.

The existence of Eden Springs Ltd is all the more offensive to the people of the Golan in light of the fact that Israel is  notorious for its expropriation of water resources in the region. Shortly after occupation began, the Israeli authorities began implementing numerous  policies, in the guise of military orders, aimed at controlling the water resources of the region. Native Syrian inhabitants were forbidden from accessing or utilizing the water for agricultural purposes, which had a devastating impact on the primarily  agricultural  economy.  In  contrast,   unlimited  amounts  of water  were provided to the settlements at a low cost.

Under the Israeli Water Law of 1959, all water resources in the region became the property of the state of Israel. The drilling of wells and pools was prohibited in the mid-1970s. Lake Ram, which collects 2-3 million m3 of water per year and was used for livestock and local irrigation, was confiscated around the same time, and the water piped to Jewish settlements.

Fearful of further restrictions, the local Syrian farmers erected iron tanks in their apple orchards as a way of accessing water. The Israeli authorities banned the construction of these tanks between 1983 and 1985. Consequently heavy fines were imposed on the farmers and several of the tanks  destroyed  on grounds that all water resources, even rainwater, belonged to the state…….

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