On Thursday I had the very good fortune to join a group of engineers on a tour in the Gaza Strip.
We visited a desalination plant where they turn unpotable water into drinking water; a new recycling center where they take household garbage and remove 60-70% of the waste so that it can be turned into new products; and finally a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant under construction which will, when it is completed, take dirty wastewater and treat it so that it can be used for some types of agriculture.
I plan to write alot more about these projects because they are so important to Gaza’s future.
Yesterday I was struck with the symbolism. These three projects each create something new from waste and materials that we would prefer to keep out of sight. They represent a new beginning, maybe like the recent U.N. vote to recognize the state of Palestine.
Palestine is rising and will no longer be kept out of sight. Palestinians are creating a new beginning and this is an exciting time to be in Gaza.