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Week 5: Water conflict in the Holy Land

Lack of access to water and sanitation is a severe problem for Palestinians. Since it occupied the West Bank in 1967, Israel has denied them access to the waters of the Jordan River and severely limited their access to other local aquifers.

Discriminatory policies and practices in the development of water and sanitation infrastructure and in the allocation of the shared water resources are denying Palestinians access to sufficient amounts of water for domestic use as well as that required to secure livelihoods and food security.

Biblical reflection: Wells of quarrel – space for peace

Fr Afrayem Elorshalimy from the Coptic Orthodox Church reflects on wells and water as sources of dispute in the Bible, and on the realization that land and water are a gift of God for all of us. Read more…


Read about first-hand experiences of the water situation in Palestine by volunteers of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, download fact sheets on water resources and the right to water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and more. Read more...

What you can do:

Join the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel from 29 May to 4 June 2011 in prayer, education, and advocacy. Read more...