Palestinian prisoners intentionally waste water to harm Israel

Imprisoned Palestinian terrorists are attempting to exacerbate a drought in Israel by wasting water.

By: World Israel News Staff

Palestinian terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons are intentionally wasting water as a way to harm Israel, which has been contending with a drought, leading the Israel Prison Service (IPS) to limit their water consumption.

The ‎Hakol Hayehudi news site reported that security prisoners are wasting ‎‎hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of water on ‎purpose to deplete Israel’s water supply. ‎

IPS data shows that prisoners incarcerated for security offenses use far more water than ‎the standard convicts.‎‎ Specifically, security prisoners use about 3.5 times more water a ‎year than the average Israeli, with 250 cubic meters ‎‎(‎8,830 cubic feet‎) used by a terrorist compared to 70 cubic meters ‎‎(2,472 cubic feet) used by an Israeli.‎

With some 5,800 Palestinian security ‎prisoners serving time in Israeli jails, they are wasting an ‎average of 750,000 cubic meters (26,486,000 cubic ‎feet) of water annually, costing taxpayers some 5.6 ‎million shekels ($1.5 million).‎

The IPS has begun plumbing work in prisons to separate the pipes feeding showers from those ‎feeding sinks and lavatories, in a move that seeks to ‎limit prisoner’s time in the shower without ‎compromising their conditions overall.‎

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‎”The Israel Prison Service is aware of this ‎disconcerting situation and has been working to ‎reduce it, in part by separating the lavatories’ ‎plumbing system from that of the showers and ‎limiting shower hours in order to diminish water ‎use. This is implemented in all prisons containing ‎maximum security wards,” the IPS stated. ‎

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan stated Sunday, “The fact that security prisoners use about 50 percent ‎more water is unacceptable. We cannot allow such ‎waste. I have instructed the Israel Prison Service ‎to explore, without delay, additional ways to save ‎water in wards housing security prisoners.”‎