Emmanuel Sewage, a Constant Threat to Environment

Emmanuel Sewage, a Constant Threat to Environment


Violation: sewage pumped from Emmanuel colony is s threat to environment.

Location: Jinsafut.

Date: July 1, 2012.

Perpetrators: factories in Emmanuel.

Victims: around 56 dunums of agricultural lands.




The sewage flowing from the industrial zone of Emmanuel colony turned huge areas of Palestinian lands into barren and biohazard areas. Since the establishment of the colony in 1991, the industrial area have been expanding over Palestinian lands in addition to playing a major role in increasing pollution levels.




The pickles factory drainage system pumps an unstoppable stream of sewage that penetrates agricultural lands in Al Sharqi and Khaled. Basheer Eid described the current situation as catastrophic, saying that sewage streams pass through at least 3 km of the village’s lands.


Picture 2: effect of sewage on soil

Picture 1: sewage pumped from Emmanuel



He said: ‘pollution killed wildlife in the area, it defiled its beauty and damged a wide variety of plants. It also allowed several unknown types to grow in the area due to the increased salinity‘.


The sewage ravaged 78 olive trees so far and rendered the soil invalid for cultivation. It must be noted that Jinsafut village council has filed numerous complaints against the flowing of sewage, however, all their complaints were brushed aside and no action was taken from the Israeli side.


Emmanuel was established in 1981 with a total area of 520 dunums. It is inhabited by around 2585 colonists, most of them are western Europeans. It is edged by Jinsafut (west), Amatin (north), Deir Istiya (south).


The colony holds within its boundaries a synagogue, high schools, medical centers, military camps, and an industrial zone that holds the following industrial plants:

  • Aluminum processing facility and workshops.

  • Furniture factories.

  • Food processing facility 


Picture 3-4: the food processing facility







Categories: Environment