An important piece from Israeli journalist Amira Hass on Israel’s water wars:
Water is the only issue in which Israel (still) finds it difficult to defend its discriminatory, oppressive and destructive policy with pretexts of security and God.
Israel intends to destroy a water-holding tank that serves 20 families of Palestinian shepherds and their flocks in the northern Jordan Valley.
Even when clinics receive new surgical instruments, these are swiftly destroyed by factors far outside the control of Gazan surgeons. This is because the water supply in Gaza is so contaminated that many clinics rely on sea water to clean surgical instruments—and ‘this just corrodes it all,’ the surgeon said.
Unexpected Details Ram Home the Scale of Gaza Crisis [via SciDev]
This UNICEF article [PDF] addresses inequitable access to water in the West Bank, as well as Gaza’s water supply, which is unfit for human consumption due to sewage, agricultural infiltration, and salt-water intrusion from the sea.
About one million West Bank Palestinians consume 60 litres of water per capita per day or less, significantly below the WHO recommendation of 10.
December 2013: Protecting children from unsafe water and inadequate sanitation [via UNICEF State of Palestine News]