[ A very disturbing report. When the last of Gaza’s potable drinking water is contaminated with sewage and Palestinians begin dying of dysentery, doubtless US and EU officials will express their “concern” to Israel. ]
By Kit O’Connell
AUSTIN, Texas — Unreliable electricity, an ongoing blockade on building supplies, and a failing waste treatment plant have spawned a sewage crisis in Gaza that experts warn could permanently damage Palestinians’ access to clean water.
The crisis is now spilling over into Israel and threatening its water supply. According to an Aug. 25 report from Middle East Eye, floods of sewage flowing into the Mediterranean Sea have caused Israel’s Ashkelon desalination plant, the source of 20 percent of the country’s drinking water, to shut down at least four times in recent months.