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Is Water Being Used As A Weapon In The West Bank?

In the Middle East, water is more than just a precious commodity -- it's a serious sticking point in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After a French politician denounced Israel's policy as "water apartheid," a deeper l

Water tanks on Palestinian homes (Alan Mayers)
Water tanks on Palestinian homes (Alan Mayers)
Laurent Zecchini

TARQUMIYA - Does Israel's management of water resources in the West Bank constitute "water apartheid"? For Youssef Dabassi, the deputy mayor of Tarqumiya, a town of 20,000 people near Hebron, the question is academic. He says the situation speaks for itself: every ten days, the town's water faucets are opened for 70 hours, until it is the turn of the neighboring village.

When the faucets are open, residents must stock up on drinkable water, water for livestock, and, assuming there is any left, water for crops. "When we are connected, the lower parts of Tarqumiya benefit, but the next time, it is the village above that gets the water," Dabassi says. The rest of the time, residents must buy water from passing trucks equipped with mobile water cisterns, or else tap into their water tanks, which about 40 percent of homes are equipped with.

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Welcome to Monday, where Anthony Albanese is sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, a verdict is in for the first war crimes trial in Ukraine and the food & energy industrials get outrageously richer. In Colombian daily El Espectador, María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez explores how Colombia is toeing the line between carbon-offsetting and unabashed greenwashing.

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