Jordan River water project hopes to re-energize the Middle East peace process

April 1, 2011

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(Courtesy of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East)
Zagleb Dam diverting water

Some experts believe that parts of the River Jordan will dry up by the year 2013. The river provides water for Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and it’s sacred to Muslims and Jews and also Christian as the place where John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus to be the Messiah, but this sacred river is also highly polluted. Social and environmental consequences have devastated the Jordan Valley and Palestinian communities along the West Bank.

A new rehabilitation project known as the Jordan River Peace Park hopes to change all that and serve as a catalyst for promoting peace in the region. The project hopes to help return the river to its natural course. It’s run by the Friends of the Earth Middle East. To tell us more is Rachel Havrelock, author of the forthcoming book River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line.

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