Sewage Treatment, Access To Safe Water, Sanitation Represents ‘Shared Priority’ In Gaza

The Hill: Beating pandemic disease in Gaza
Gidon Bromberg, Nada Majdalani, and Munqeth Mehyar, co-directors of EcoPeace Middle East

“Addressing the impending humanitarian crises facing Gaza is critical. … Sewage treatment might not sound like a path to peace, but despite on-going border security and Jerusalem status issues, access to safe water and sanitation has become a shared priority for all parties. … The newly opened North Gaza Emergency Sewage Treatment (NGEST) plant promises a safer and healthier future for both Palestinians in Gaza and Israelis. … As the U.S. and international community looks toward progress in Mideast peace talks, it would do well to look to the pragmatic for success and recognize that water security is a potential game-changer. Measures being advanced in the U.S., including the Taylor Force Act and cuts to UNRWA, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, should be evaluated for unintended consequences that further erode water security…” (4/2).

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