Until The Last Drop

Until The Last Drop In the West Bank, 300,000 Palestinians live with restricted access to water. With annexation looming, Israeli and Palestinian farmers give starkly different accounts of working the same land.
"Why aren’t my birds allowed to sing, whilst other birds can?" asks Abu Saqer. Cut off from major water supplies, his family are unable to cultivate their land, giving the little they raise to their animals. "People used to build wells to collect rainwater. There were hundreds of wells around here. But Israel destroyed them", says Saqer. In the same section of the West Bank, Israeli farmer Eli Gilad runs a successful date plantation. "I arrived here in May 1977. There was nothing here - just a barren wasteland. There were no trees so we didn’t even have shade. We were working in the fields in 50C heat", says Gilad. Now, computerised irrigation ensures that his Medjool dates don't go dry. "Today, thank God I’m successful and have a comfortable life with a good income. The trees require an enormous amount of water." With annexation paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fate of the West Bank hangs in the balance. Saqer remains adamant he will not leave. "The Palestinian is targeted through water, which is the pillar of life. And he will stay here resisting until the last drop."

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