Israel cuts back water supply to the village of Salem: Summer 2016

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September 2016

In early June, during the month of Ramadan, the Israeli water company, Mekorot, cut back water supply to several Palestinian communities in the northern West Bank, including the village of Salem, which is located east of Nablus and has a population of about 5,000. These communities suffered from an acute water shortage throughout the summer, and continue to suffer from it today. Israel has exclusive control over the supply of water to the entire West Bank, and the amount of water it supplies to Palestinians falls short of the amount the WHO recommends and the amount it supplies to Israelis. In this video, Rand ‘Awwad, 43, a married mother of three, speaks about living with a water shortage and the many difficulties caused by the recent cutback.