dead sea works 298.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam Teva v’Din) proposed that the
Dead Sea Works company be charged higher royalties and that plans to privatize
water and sewage be canceled in a series of socioeconomic recommendations
submitted to both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Trajtenberg Committee and
the Student Union’s rival Spivak Committee, a spokeswoman for the green group
announced on Sunday.
Instructing the two committees to bulk up government
funding sources by “changing the order of priorities in Israel,” the group said
that additional income from the Dead Sea Works company and the other proposed
ideas would bring “huge sums of public money that could be used as solutions to
many other societal problems – education, housing, environment, health and
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Allowing private corporations to oversee water and sewage
systems would be putting essential services that are basic human rights in
jeopardy, the organization argued.
“Transferring the responsibility of
the supply of these essential services to private hands that are interested in
maximizing financial benefits and achieving economic efficiency will bring
unbearable damage to human rights, public interests, and in the quality of
services provided,” the Adam Teva v’Din spokeswoman said in a
Adoption of these measures, the group’s Executive Director
Amit Bracha assured, would ensure a more stable economy in the long term and
achieve social justice for citizens.
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