Israel & the Palestinians
By Karishma Patel
BBC Asian Network
BBC Middle East correspondent
When Abu Mansour al-Dajni turns on the tap at his home in Gaza City the salty mix of groundwater and seawater that comes out is undrinkable.
“During the past two or three years it has become unbearable,” he says. “My young son had ulcers in his skin and the doctor said it was because of [washing with] the contaminated water.”
The piped supply for Gaza’s two million residents is drawn from a natural aquifer under the Strip. But it is polluted because over-pumping causes Mediterranean seawater to flood in.
And as COP26 focuses on the impact of climate change, scientists warn rising sea levels could lead to “catastrophic” contamination of Gaza’s aquifer.
“Sea level rise and over-extraction combined could have very severe consequences. Almost the whole aquifer could become contaminated with salt... making it unusable for human or other uses,” says Prof Akbar Javadi of the University of Exeter.
Meanwhile, Dajni walks to a grocery store where he spends up to £35 ($47) per month to fill a can with clean water from filtration and desalination plants in the blockaded strip.
“If the water is that bad now, what will happen after 10 years,” he asks. “How will we guarantee our children a good future?”
Most Jewish Israelis do military service. But a small number, like Shahar, take an ideological stance.
By Yolande Knell
BBC News, Jerusalem
Eight people have been killed and hundreds injured in protests at the occupied West Bank.
Will the violence between Israel and the militant Islamic groups in Gaza change the underlying realities of this conflict? Stephen Sackur speaks to Israel’s Ambassador to the UK Tzipi Hotovely.
Stephen Sackur speaks to Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian Mission to the UK.
Jew Uriya Rosenman and Arab Sameh Zakout expose hidden prejudices on both sides in their hit song.