Drying up Palestine - part 1

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This is the first 'chapter' of Drying up Palestine, a 28-minute documentary on water issues in the occupied West Bank, made by Rima Essa and Peter Snowdon.

This section provides a general introduction to extent of Israel's annexion of Palestinian water resources, and then looks in more detail at the situation in the village of Bardala in the Jordan Valley. Bardala's traditional springs and wells dried up in the mid-1970s, following a wave of Israeli drilling in the area to provide water to nearby agricultural settlements. Today, the villagers continue to try and make their living from farming, despite their total dependency on the occupying power for water, and the near-continuous harrassment to which they have been subject in recent years.

The voice which can be heard at 1m38 - 2m22 describing the historical background to the villagers' testimony belongs to Fadle Kawash, deputy director of the Palestinian Water Authority. The film originated as a commission for the Ramallah-based NGO, House of Water and Environment.

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