Jordanian parliamentary panel blames Israel for water pollution
A Jordanian parliamentary probe committee on Sunday held Israel responsible for the pollution of water resources in the Jordan Valley in early in March, dpa reported.
"Israel pumped contaminated water from the Golan Heights to the King Abdullah Canal for five consecutive days before it was discovered by the Jordanian authorities," the panel's chairman Hashem Shboul told a press conference.
"The Jordanian government has not so far obtained an explanation from the Israeli side for the reasons and type of the pollution," Shboul, a former water minister, said in his report to the lower house of parliament.
He pointed out that the joint Jordanian-Israeli committee in charge of following up water sharing under the 1994 peace treaty also failed to convene to determine the reasons of the contamination, which Jordanian water experts attributed to the pumping of Israeli oil waste and sewage.
The panel was set up at the end of March at the height of a controversy in Jordan that involved calls by the Islamic-led opposition for the abrogation of the peace pact between Jordan and Israel and the resignation of Water and Irrigation Minister Raed Abu Saud over his reportedly poor handling of the issue.
The report urged the chamber's permanent bureau to ask the government to take up the issue with the Israeli side and hold Jordanian officials he did not name accountable for their failure to handle the water pollution in a proper method.