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A precious resource: How Israel uses water to control the West Bank

By Bethan McKernan

17 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Water is one of the most precious resources in Israel and the Palestinian territories. But for Palestinians, access to water is often limited. The Guardian reports.

Mahmoud Haj Mohammed stands on the roof of his family’s home in the occupied West Bank village of Jalud and points towards a clump of cypress trees on the opposite side of the valley.

He has just got back from his job at a concrete factory in the nearby city of Nablus, hot and tired in the last week of Ramadan, jeans covered in grey flecks of cement. The 32-year-old began working there two years ago, after the seizure of a key part of his family’s land by Israeli settlers eventually made it unviable to farm it any more.

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