Join the Thirsting for Justice 2012 Summer Challenge

July 01, 2012 (All day) - September 15, 2012 (All day)

The Middle East Children's Alliance is excited to take on organizing the Thirsting for Justice Campaign in the US!

MECA is a member of the Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, a coalition of 30 leading humanitarian organizations that launched the Thirsting for Justice Campaign. While MECA works to provide safe, clean water to children in Gaza through the Maia Project we are also working to educate and advocate for Palestinian water rights. Starting in September, MECA and the Thirsting for Justice campaign will be organizing educational activities in schools in Gaza about the water crisis. We are also asking our friends and supporters around the world to get involved. 

TAKE ACTION! Join the Thirsting for Justice Summer Challenge! Live on 24 liters (just 6.3 gallons) of water for 24 hours in solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli occupation. 

The Thirsting for Justice Campaign calls on supporters worldwide to sign-up to its summer challenge by living on 24 liters of water for 24 hours, a reality faced by many Palestinians in the West Bank today, particularly during the summer, when Israeli national water company Mekorot reduces water supplies.

This amount of water has to be enough for drinking, cooking, washing and hygiene. Here are estimates of water consumption for different activities to help you with the challenge.

Follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. Sign-up by filling out this simple form - we will send you a resource pack and a t-shirt that will help you inform those around you about why you’re taking this challenge
  2. Tell us about your experiences with the summer challenge. Be creative! Write us a small article, take a photo or send us a video blog. 
  3. Make an action in support of Palestinian rights. Write to your local paper or member of Congress about Israeli violations of Palestinian rights to water and sanitation, share a Thirsting for Justice video on your facebook wall or twitter, distribute the Summer Challenge action card and our leaflets to your family and friends, make a donation to the Maia Project to provide safe, clean water to children in Gaza.  

The challenge officially ran until September 15, 2012, but you can still sign-up anytime!

Why it's important to take part in this challenge

  • There is enough water to go around in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, but discriminatory laws mean that many Palestinians are left with a trickle. 
  • As an Occupying Power, the Israeli government is responsible under International Humanitarian Law for the well-being of Palestinians, including ensuring that they have adequate water supply. Even though it controls all sources of fresh water in the West Bank the Israeli government has neglected this obligation.·       
  • Some Palestinian communities live with as little as 20 liters (5.3 gallons) of water per person a day. This is barely enough water for their basic needs.
  • Taps often run dry for several weeks during the summer in Palestinian cities like Bethlehem. Residents are forced to buy expensive water from private vendors.
  • Communities depending on tankered water pay up to 4 times more for every litre than those connected to the network, adding strain to their income.
  • Some communities depend on rainwater collection cisterns, often paid for with international aid, for their water. In 2011, the Israeli army destroyed on average almost three cisterns a month, and since then the rate of these demolitions has been increasing.

In contrast:

  • About half a million Israelis live in illegal settlements located beside thirsty Palestinian communities. They have unrestricted access to water, well-watered lawns and swimming pools.
  • Israeli settlers in settlements like Ro’I in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley use 20 times as much water as the most water-deprived Palestinians.

Visit the live blog where we will post your testimonies