fbpx
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Israeli Billionaire Aims to Deliver Hundreds of Water Generators to Gaza

Enjoying this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Israeli billionaire and philanthropist Michael Mirilashvili, who was born in the nation of Georgia, reportedly is aiming to deliver hundreds of generators to the Gaza Strip that produce water out of air.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Mirilashvili’s company Watergen created a device that is able to produce 200 gallons of water a day through converting moisture into potable water. He donated one of the machines to Al-Rantisi Medical Center in Gaza City; it was installed on the roof so it could operate through solar panels.

The machine now provides drinking water for the hospital’s pediatric cancer patients.

Mirilashvili told the AP that he thinks that the Watergen machine can solve Gaza’s water crisis and he plans to sell them to areas of Gaza at a significant discount.

GAZA CITY, GAZA – JUNE 13: Palastinian children enjoy a dip in the ocean at Gaza beach on June 13, 2015 in Gaza City, Gaza. Palestinians are taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy picnics on Gaza beach before the holy month of Ramadan which starts next week. Thousands of Palestinians descend on the 75km sandy beach of Gaza each day to relax, fish and escape the noise and heat of the city. The devastation across Gaza can still be seen nearly one year on from the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants. Money pledged by the international community six months ago to rebuild Gaza has not materialised leaving many Palestinians impoverished and still suffering with the poor economy. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

“They [Gazans] are our neighbors and it’s a great pity to look at them suffering from such severe water shortages,” he said.

Fayez Husseini, who runs solar and water businesses in Gaza, told the AP that he first suggested to Mirilashvili that he donate the Watergen device to the Gaza hospital.

“I think both sides need to take electricity and drinking water off the table,” Husseini said. “This should not be part of politics.”

Gaza is heavily dependent on an aquifer for drinking water, but 97% of it has become undrinkable because sea water has seeped into it. Gazans also rely on private waters to desalinate water, but most of it is contaminated because the lack of electricity in Gaza has made it difficult for sewage to be removed from seawater.

Some blame the Israeli blockade for creating the water and electricity shortages in Gaza; according to Jewish Virtual Library, Israel routinely provides humanitarian aid — including electricity and water — to Gazans; Israel delivers around 3 billion gallons of water a year to Gaza.

It took the Israeli military bureaucracy more than a year to approve Mirilashvili’s first delivery of the Watergen machine to Gaza; the device initially was delivered to an undisclosed town in southern Gaza for a different matter.

Mirilashvili owns several casinos, hotels and real estate; he spent eight years in a Russian prison on kidnapping charges but was released in 2008 after the European Court of Human Rights concluded that Mirilashvili didn’t have a fair trial.

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Latest Articles

Print Issue: Aug. 7, 2020

CLICK HERE FOR FULLSCREEN VERSION

‘Yo Semite’ Shirt Makes a Comeback After Trump Mispronounces Yosemite National Park

Trump's verbal gaffe Aug. 4 unintentionally endorsed a pre-existing “Yo Semite” t-shirt, created 15 years ago by Bay Area educator Sarah Lefton.

Is Now a Good time to Panic? Jewish Parenting in the time of Pandemic

I’ve been thinking a lot about how God must be very busy these days. His normal volume of prayers must certainly be at an...

In ‘A World Upended,’ Los Angeles Jews Gathered to Commemorate Tisha B’Av

“It was soothing to see a gallery view of  fellow Jews from across L.A. on a day that is defined by isolation.”

Jewish and Black Historical Cemeteries Vandalized in Virginia With Nazi Symbol

The vandalism consisted of graffiti stating "777," which is Nazi shorthand.

AJC Calls on Washington Post to Correct Op-Ed Calling Israel ‘Ethnically Exclusive’

"Calling Israel ‘ethnically exclusive’ is a lie and an insult to 25% of Israel’s population who aren’t Jewish but are full participants in its democracy."

Israel Offers Aid to Lebanon Following Explosions at Beirut Port

Lebanon is not expected to accept the offer.

‘Harry Potter’ Star Jason Isaacs Opens up About His Struggle With Addiction

"Every action was filtered through a burning need I had for being as far from a conscious, thinking, feeling person as possible."

Can We Save Working Moms and Our Economy?

Working moms in the U.S. already make as little as 69 cents for each dollar earned by working dads. We simply cannot afford a backslide.

Trump Pronounces Yosemite as ‘Yo Semites’

Twitter users responded with various jokes on the matter.

Culture

‘Yo Semite’ Shirt Makes a Comeback After Trump Mispronounces Yosemite National Park

Trump's verbal gaffe Aug. 4 unintentionally endorsed a pre-existing “Yo Semite” t-shirt, created 15 years ago by Bay Area educator Sarah Lefton.

‘Harry Potter’ Star Jason Isaacs Opens up About His Struggle With Addiction

"Every action was filtered through a burning need I had for being as far from a conscious, thinking, feeling person as possible."

Amazon’s ‘Hunters’ Renewed for Season 2

The hit drama from creator David Weil, executive producer Jordan Peele and starring Al Pacino and Logan Lerman, was inspired by Weil’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor.

LAMOTH to Present ‘The Holocaust & Italy’ Film Series and Panel Discussions

The Shoah-related movies and live Zoom discussions are part of this month's “Teicholz Holocaust Remembrance Film Series: The Holocaust & Italy.”

Latest Articles
Latest

Print Issue: Aug. 7, 2020

CLICK HERE FOR FULLSCREEN VERSION

‘Yo Semite’ Shirt Makes a Comeback After Trump Mispronounces Yosemite National Park

Trump's verbal gaffe Aug. 4 unintentionally endorsed a pre-existing “Yo Semite” t-shirt, created 15 years ago by Bay Area educator Sarah Lefton.

Is Now a Good time to Panic? Jewish Parenting in the time of Pandemic

I’ve been thinking a lot about how God must be very busy these days. His normal volume of prayers must certainly be at an...

In ‘A World Upended,’ Los Angeles Jews Gathered to Commemorate Tisha B’Av

“It was soothing to see a gallery view of  fellow Jews from across L.A. on a day that is defined by isolation.”

Jewish and Black Historical Cemeteries Vandalized in Virginia With Nazi Symbol

The vandalism consisted of graffiti stating "777," which is Nazi shorthand.

Hollywood

Roy Moore’s Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen Over Being Pranked Can Proceed, Judge Rules

By the time the episode aired, it was widely known that Cohen was punking public figures.

‘Expecting Amy’ Highlights a New Comedy Dynamic of Jewish Mothers Making, Not Being, the Jokes

Jewish moms like Amy Schumer, who were once the material, have become the premier comics of this age.

Podcasts

The Mastermind Behind Netanyahu’s New Media (Topaz Luk)

Even prime ministers can’t do everything by themselves. They must surround themselves with dedicated, smart and excellent people who will help them.

Pandemic Times Episode 75: What is the Secret to Jewish Resiliency?

New David Suissa Podcast Every Monday and Friday. Reflections on the worsening times and how the Jewish approach to resiliency can guide us. How do we...

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

x