Flying Pig: AFP Reports on Israeli Company Providing Gaza With Drinking Water


With the mainstream media mindlessly spreading the antisemitic blood libel that Israel should but won’t provide Covid-19 vaccines for the palestinian Arabs, the AFP have gone ahead and done something unexpected: reported about Israeli efforts to save palestinian lives.

Bonus: They even refer to Hamas as a “terror group.”

The densely populated Gaza Strip has long lacked sufficient drinking water, but a new Israeli project helps ease the shortage with a solar-powered process to extract potable water straight from the air.

Unusually, the project operating in the Palestinian enclave, which has been blockaded by Israel since the Hamas terror group seized control there in 2007, is the brainchild of a Russian-Israeli billionaire Michael Mirilashvili.

The company he heads, Watergen, has developed the atmospheric water generators that can produce 5,000 to 6,000 liters (1,300 to more than 1,500 gallons) of drinking water per day, depending on the air’s humidity.

With just a few machines operating in Gaza, Watergen is far from meeting demand for the two million people who live in the crowded coastal enclave wedged between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea.

“But, it’s a start,” said Fathi Sheikh Khalil, an engineer with the Palestinian civil society group Damour, which operates one of the machines because Israeli firms cannot work in Gaza.

A religious Jew with a picture of a prominent Orthodox rabbi on his office wall, Mirilashvili told AFP that when he learnt about Gaza’s water crisis, he immediately wanted to help.
“Our goal was that everyone on Earth could be supplied with drinkable water… It was immediately clear that we had to help our neighbors first.”

Israel tightly controls imports to Gaza and Mirilashvili acknowledged that getting his machines approved “took some time.”

Israel’s military “liked the idea, but needed to check the equipment,” he said.

Watergen’s technology is suited to Gaza because it runs on solar panels, an asset in the enclave where the one power plant, which requires imported fuel, lacks the capacity to meet demand.

Mirilashvili lamented that he cannot see his machines at work, as Israelis are forbidden from entering the Strip.

Watergen has donated two machines, which cost $61,000 each, to Gaza.

A third machine was sent to the strip by the Arava Institute for Environmental Research, based on a kibbutz in southern Israel.

One of the machines, a metal cube that roars as it runs, is located at the town hall in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza.

After capturing humidity, the machine condenses it into water and then filters it into instantly drinkable water.

When the air’s humidity level is above 65 percent, Watergen’s machines can produce about 5,000 liters of drinking water per day, said Khalil of the Palestinian group Damour.

An additional 1,000 liters can be produced when the humidity level exceeds 90 percent.

Some of the water is consumed by city hall employees and some transported to a local hospital for patients with kidney problems, Khalil said.

Meanwhile, the BDS-holes would have Gazans boycotting this, while the mainstream media is trying to paint Israeli as not valuing palestinian Arab lives.

They are both ridiculous.

Update: The mention of Hamas as a terrorist group was a Ynet addition, and not in theĀ  original AFP report (hat tip: Tomer)

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A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media