Almost two weeks ago a huge oil disaster happened in the south of Israel. Millions of litres of oil got spilled into a nature preservation area through a leack in an oil tube some 20km north of Eilat http:// http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30325402.
Since then, lakes of oil have emerged which are to be pumped off and more than 10000 tonnes of soil had to be taken off http://uk.businessinsider.com/pictures-show-israel-oil-spill-2014-12?op=1?r=US – soil which has become toxic waste.
Israels environmental minister calls this oil spill the worst natural disaster in Israels entire history!
So far, so bad. but what feels even more alarming to me is the fact that the reporting through the media is next to zero.
When you search for ‘oil’, ‘natural disaster’, Israel’ you only find very few entries and some websides which apperently have existed before, are no longer there (news previously published by the German Television Station ARD). When I was asking around many, very politically and environmentally interested british and german friends of mine, nobody has heared that this disaster has just happened.
Of course, there are so various awful things happening all around the world at the moment and the media cannot possible show us every little thing – but this is not a little thing! One litre of oil can contaminate one million litres of water! So in case the oil gets in touch with the Red Sea – which may occur in case the expected rainfalls wash the oil in the sea-, the destructuion of an unique habitat is what we get.
People may rejoice in the falling oil price – but at what price?