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The Sea of Galilee is a source of great tension between countries. The water level in the lake is getting lower and there is concern that salt water may begin to damage the supplies and ecology. Demand for water is growing and there may be a scarcity within five years. This scarcity would undoubtedly lead to further unrest between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Water is a struggle for many and the Palestinians believe Israel has a responsibility to share water.
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16 March 2006

Classroom Ideas

Can be used during a module on water resources. Students should explain why water levels in the Sea of Galilee are decreasing. They should note down any implications of this reduction in supplies on people and the environment. Finally, students could be asked to create a case study of international conflict based on resources, which they could contrast with other case studies, e.g. the Aral Sea.

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