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$4 BILLION CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST ISRAEL’S WATER SUPPLIER

CREDIT TO FLUORIDE ACTION NETWORK FOR THIS ARTICLE

Just 6 months ago an appeal to the Israeli supreme court to ban fluoridation was filed,  and now a new “bomb”  in the fight against fluoridation, falling on the desk of Israels’ water supplier – Mekorot.

A class action has been filed today against “Mekorot” by “ Dan Ashkenazi and associates“ law firm on behalf of Yaacov Gurman – head of the NPO “Izun hozer”.

The $4 billion NIS  class action ($500 NIS for each Israeli citizen), accuses “Mekorot” of providing the Israeli citizens with false information regarding their drinking water content and causing  environmental damage for the past 10 years.

The main claim of the appeal is that while the ministry of health mandates “Mekorot” to add fluoride to Israels’ water supply, “Mekorot” which is responsible for the drinking water quality, has instead added many industrial chemical waste, which among other pollutants included fluoride, and has kept this inconvenient fact from public knowledge and scrutiny.

The second accusation  is that while “Mekorot” claims to monitor the quality of drinking water, in the case of fluoridation “Mekorot” itself had no accurate knowledge of the precise chemical content of “fluoride” it added to the drinking water.

Mr. Yaacov Gurman, who has filed the lawsuit says that the purpose of the class action is to force “Mekorot” to openly publish the precise content of the “hydrofluorosilicic  acid” which is adds as “fluoride “ to Israels’ drinking water.

To the best of our knowledge this is the first class action of its kind in the world , and the

and the fact that it has been filed only 5 months after the appeal to the supreme court, (an appeal to which the Ministry of Health continuosly fails to respond ), serves to show the intensity of the civil fight in Israel against water  fluoridation.

As well, it is no coincidence that the lawsuit has been filed only days after the new health minister Yael German has signed the new water regulations that state that fluoridation will stay in effect for next year.

The continuation of fluoridation for one more year will cause environmental as well as health damage to millions of Israelis and we, together with “Izun Hozer” have made it clear to the new health minister that we will not “go to sleep” and instead will continue the civil battle  for public health against the barbarous act of fluoridation.

Here is the announcement published by Yaacov Gurman regarding the lawsuit:

“ Good afternoon,

This morning I have filed a class action in the name of all of the citizens of Israel, for 4 billion NIS against “Mekorot”, for misleading the public in its official announcements and for hiding information regarding the materials that it inserts to the drinking water under “fluoridation”. The lawsuit was filed by “Dan Ashkenazi and Associates” who also filed the recent appeal to the Supreme Court regarding banning fluoridation.

On Thursday 11/4/13 we were told that fluoridation will continue for at least one more year. The purpose of the class action is to force “Mekorot” to openly and clearly disclose to the public  the precise content of the materials added to the water, without misleading or hiding information.

This past weekend the headlines in the newspapers stated: “The health minister decided to end water fluoridation” but the fact is that most of the people in Israel will continue to drink fluoridated water this year, contaminated with dangerous, disease causing  industrial residues.

That is why we hope that the Supreme Court will not be fooled by the headlines and will order an immediate stop to fluoridation. We at “Izun Hozer” are doing everything within our means to inform the public and stop this continual malpractice, which  has been going on for more than a decade.

For all those years, “Mekorot” was aware of adding to the water “hydrofluorosilicic acid”, coming from the phosphate and fertilizer industry, yet has kept this fact hidden from the public. I am thus forced to file  this class action, as it is the only way to force “Mekorot”, the main water supplier in Israel,  to correct its wrong doing, and report accurately what is in our drinking water.

I personally have drank tap water during these past ten years, and have even convinced my 4 months pregnant wife that tap water were safe and that there was nothing to worry about. I believed, (until beginning to study the subject ) that the quality of the drinking  water in Israel was among the highest in the world.

I do not want my children to ask me in twenty years – “ Dad, how could you possibly have let this thing happen??” and I will be forced to answer that “ I didn’t know, it is not me, it’s the state, it’s “Mekorot”, it’s the water suppliers , sorry….”

There IS something very wrong going on, and it is planned to go for at least one more year.  I will not step aside and be quiet for one more year with the information and understanding that I have.

Water fluoridation is a clear and immediate danger, and “Mekorot” is not doing what it must do to protect the public  from it.

Wishing you continual health,

Yaacov.”

Translated by Niv Dor-Cohen, the CEO and chief editor of the “Different Truth”

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