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WATER FOR GAZA SCHOOL CHILDREN
GAZA is a strip of land about 25 miles long on the southwest border of Israel. It is home for 1.7 million people most of whom are refugees that fled there after being driven from their Palestinian homes beginning in 1948. It is one of the most densely populated areas of the world. It is also a prison. There is literally no escape from Gaza. In 2008, five crossing points from Israel in and out of GAZA were closed. This occupied territory is surrounded by concrete wall, electric fence and concertina wire guarded by the Israeli Military. It is blockaded on the Mediterranean.
Water in Gaza comes from a coastal aquifer. Because of the refugee overpopulation it has been over-pumped and is now infused with salt as the Mediterranean Sea has crept in making the water unfit for human consumption. Gazans now spend an average of one quarter of family income on water supplied by Israel.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]
The Coalition for Peace with Justice partnered with The Middle East Children Alliance (MECA) to purchase and install Desalination Units in kindergartens and grade schools in Gaza. Ralph and Emily McCoy, Coalition volunteers, visited Gaza in 2012 and saw firsthand the need for potable water. Through presentations about this dire need to churches and other groups, they successfully raised over $18,000 for the purchase of desalination units. This effort was named the MAIA project. (MAIA is the word for WATER in Arabic.) So far MECA has installed over 50 of these units that supply clean drinking water for over 50,000 school children.
MECA foresees that approximately 100 more of these units are necessary to supply water for the unmet needs of GAZA children. A large purification unit for a UN school in the refugee camps costs about $11,500. A small unit for a preschool or kindergarten costs about $4,000.
The most precious commodity in the world is clean drinking water if you do not have it. Authorities agree that GAZA will become uninhabitable for its 1.7 million residents within the current decade if decent drinking water is not available.
PROMISED LAND MUSEUM
On Friday, March 18, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. a reception and exhibition at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. was held to mark the grand opening of the online museum PromisedLandMuseum.org: The Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience. Dr. Steve Feldman will be welcoming press and other visitors at the exhibit in the Winners Room of the National Press Club.
A project of the Coalition for Peace with Justice, the museum complements the common understanding of the founding of Israel with first hand resources describing how Palestinian families came to be expelled from their homes and villages.
The Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience takes what had been two narratives—separate Israeli and Palestinian narratives—to help people see one consistent story of how a state run by Jews was formed in a land where non-Jewish people were the majority.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]
The exhibition included major highlights from the more extensive collection of online resources. Feldman, director and creator of the museum, says that the museum fills gaps in his Jewish American education and upbringing. “Jewish morality is ingrained in us. American Jews have been on the front lines of anti-discrimination efforts. The museum, which presents largely Jewish sources and a Jewish perspective, documents our role in making and keeping Palestinian families refugees from their homes, actions inconsistent with our Jewish values.”
The museum presents first hand materials supplementing available resources from Jewish Voice for Peace’s Facing the Nakba Project and from other organizations that offer educational materials and programs about the Nakba from a Palestinian perspective. The Nakba is the day when Palestinians were driven from their homes.
You can view the Promised Land Museum at: www.promisedlandmuseum.org
BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is an independent, human rights non-profit organization committed to protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons. Our vision, mission, programs and relationships are defined by our Palestinian identity and the principles of international humanitarian and human rights law. We seek to advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people on this basis.