The level of the Dead Sea is falling by one foot per year due to the diversion of the Jordan River and its tributaries by Israel, Jordan and Syria. The level of the Dead Sea has fallen so much that the single sea has become two smaller seas. The obvious solution to restore the natural ecosystem is to allow the Jordan River to flow naturally into the Dead Sea. But instead, the World Bank, Israel and elites in Jordan are proposing a multi-billion dollar project to construct a series of canals and tunnels from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.
It is clear from the fact that Israel is dominating 100% of the Jordan River system in Israel/Palestine – as well as the Dead Sea coast and the Jordan Valley in the West Bank – that Israel will not allow Palestinians to benefit from this project.
The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (Stop the Wall Campaign) and the Palestinian Farmers Union filed a Request for Inspection with the World Bank Inspection Panel. The Requesters also bring the human right of participation and the human right to water to the attention of the World Bank, arguing that Palestinian civil society has not been adequately consulted and that the project locks in ongoing violations by Israel of the human right to water rather than contributing to ending those violations.