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Dutch Water Company Cuts Israel Ties over Territories

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Arab Children swimming in a pool in Hebron, filled with water supplied by Mekorot, Israel.

Arab Children swimming in a pool in Hebron, filled with water supplied by Mekorot, Israel.
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The largest public water company in the Netherlands has severed ties with Israel’s national water company over its operation in Israeli settlements.

Vitens in ceasing cooperation with Merkorot said in a statement Tuesday on its website that it “attaches great importance to integrity and adheres to international law and regulations. After discussions with stakeholders, the company came to the realization that it is extremely difficult to work together on future projects since they cannot be separated from their political context.”

The Dutch company reportedly also consulted with the Dutch Foreign Ministry. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, canceled a visit this week to Mekorot, the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad reported, according to Haaretz.

Last month, Vitens signed a cooperation agreement with Merkorot to develop several joint projects.

Vitens provides water to 5.4 million people in the Netherlands.

Despite Mekorot also providing water to the Palestinian Authority, it has been slammed in the Dutch media and by the government for drilling for water in the Israeli territories and for what they say is discrimination against the Palestinian Authority in its water supply.

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4 Responses to “Dutch Water Company Cuts Israel Ties over Territories”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    Their loss, let them pick up and leave. If they want to deal directly with the Palestinians let them collect the money directly. Of course if they use Israeli territory or resources they must pay for that privilege also.

  2. The Dutch are not a smart people, their loss.

  3. Edwin Schrodinger says:

    They're all wet.

  4. Edwin Schrodinger says:

    They're all wet.

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