Palestine/Israel: A Stunning Tale of Peace, Water And Walls

Help support a project which tells the amazing story of how Palestinians and Israelis in one West Bank village worked together to preserve water and stop the wall

We have recently covered the great work of the regional environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Middle East and how they have managed to promote eco-peace to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Now, we look at how they helped bring together Palestinians and Israelis in one community in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to preserve water and also to stop the separation wall from dividing them forever.

Adversely affected by the expansion of Israeli settlements and the Israeli separation wall, Palestinians from Wadi Fukin and Israelis from the local village of Tsur Hadassah got together to resolve the issue. One filmmaker who captured their campaign back in 2010 is now hoping to get raise enough funds to take their message of ecological peace to other villages across Palestine and Israel.

Wadi Fukin is a Palestinian valley which has been designated by UNESCO as the best preserved natural heritage site of its kind in the West Bank. However the ongoing expansion of settlements, which has taken water from the valley, as well as contamination from raw sewage has threatened its future existence.

When villagers heard of plans to build a wall separating them from their Israeli neighbours, it was the final straw. They got together with Israelis from the local village of Tsur Hadessah to campaign against it on ecological reasons. A lengthy campaigned ensued (lasting over three years) consisting of protests and petitions and in the end their case won out at the High Court.

As Joshka Wessels, the director behind the film project, states in an article at “The building of the Wall has now been frozen based on environmental grounds. How long this freeze will last is unclear. But the fact that they were successful in stopping the Wall gives some little hope.” Indeed when Wessels heard about the story, she realised it was a unique story of friendship in a hostile environment and wanted to tell the story to a wider audience.

“I hope by telling their story, viewers realise that an important part of people living inside the Israeli-Palestinian conflict really want a genuine peace,” she adds. “They are just like you and me. They want a sustainable future for their children.”


The project which is named ‘Valley of Hope and Despair’ also hopes to highlight the fact the damage done to the environment will affect both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The environment knows no borders and if there is no awareness of the severe damage to the environment done by the Israeli occupation, the consequences might lead to an ultimate lose-lose situation for both sides and both peoples.

To find out more about the project see their facebook page or donate to the cause at ‘Valley of Hope and Despair’.

:: Image via Valley of Hope and Despair facebook page.

For more on the environment in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict see:

‘Joint Green Projects Can Help Promote Peace’ – Israeli Director of FoEME

Palestinian Environmentalist Talks About Water and Finding Peace

Fresh ‘Arab Spring’ Flows Through Auja, Palestine

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6 thoughts on “Palestine/Israel: A Stunning Tale of Peace, Water And Walls”

  1. Saed says:

    Psychopath Josepha Ivanka Wessels or Hustler serial liar Joshka Wessels who made the film Valleys of hope and Despair for Aljazeera Witness through the original material filmed for the film project Share the Drop by me in 2009 during seven months of work in Palestine and Israel, she forged three work agreements and she only signed one of them so as to give the impression that she is sharing the material with her partners and to evade the fulfillment of the financial dues of the seven months work as a co director in that film project. She was preparing for her research postdoc hydropolitics in the Jordan River Basin at Lund University through the work of the film Share the Drop by me in Palestine and Israel for seven months and she was secretly using all the content of the video material in her research for the postdoc and she mislead Lund University about that through a faked work agreements she signed so a s to show them that she is sharing the material with her partners. Aware of her dirty crime and her
    Fraudulent and deceitful behaviors, She with the help of her puppet husband Robert Hoogeveen, was stalking me in my home city for more than three years and spying on me and on my home with the help of other local and foreigner people who where following me and she was spying on my computer through viruses, this is the nature of her psychopathic character and disordered mentality who find it OK to do her work through deception, embezzlement and fraud and to cheat and mislead Lund University and Copenhagen University about the truth and the source of her research in the Middle East and the information that she provided in her faked work.

  2. hydropolitics says:

    Joshka Wessels trying to find excuses for her shameful crime and robbery with the help of her husband Robert Hoogeveen, she is trying to explain with deceit and malice and she is evading her work commitments through shameful family issues and emotional blackmailing. Listen to her shameful intentional negativity she was using and know her truth and how she was manipulating to get rid of her coworkers and steal all the work produced in 2009 and using it in her post doc research at Lund University.

  3. Saed says:

    I would like to clarify the misconception created by the misleading, false and manipulative information presented in this post which it’s source is Joshka Wessels! She forgot to mention how she heard about the story of Wadi Fukin, Tsur Hadasa and how and when she met Abu Mazen, Tami and Fahmi for the first time! She never heard of the village Wadi Fukin and Tsur Hadasa untill we both visited the village in July/August 2009 for filming with the Friends of the Earth Middle East for the film project Share The Drop Co directed by me and her and during the Elders visit in August 2009 to Wadi Fukin and Tsur Hadasa which it was filmed by me and her, and she forgot to mention that i filmed more than 20 hours of video material in Wadi Fukin and other places in Palestine! She met all those people in Wadi Fukin and Tsur Hadasa and learned about their stories only through her work with me and she got the access to the villages only through my work for Seven months between April and Nov 2009! Joshka Wessels didn’t fulfill my financial dues for the work i did as a Co director for Seven months and she dismissed me arbitrary from the project Share the Drop so as to make the film Valley of hope and Despair! Joshka Wessels is NOT the only director behind the film project, i have contributed for Seven months of work and without this work she was never going to do Valley of Hope and Despair.

  4. Saed says:

    Follow the links below to see all the agreements and contracts written by Joshka Wessels recognizing my rights in the film Valleys of hope and despair and my work for Seven months. She evaded signing these agreements unethically!

    This is the unprofessional contract she send to me after Seven months of work in the film Share the Drop! Denying all my previous work as a Codirector.

    This agreement written by her prove that the film Valleys of… Was made out of my work with her!

    In This agreement, She is recognizing my rights as a 50% copyrights owner in the film.

  5. saed says:

    The stories and the characters in this film “Valleys of hope and despair” directed by Joshka Wessels were originally filmed for the film project “Share The Drop” in July-August 2009 by me and Joshka Wessels as a Co directors. The Salfit Valley, Wadi Fukin Valley and the characters Abu Atia and Abu Mazen were filmed in 2009 and more than 20 hours of video material is already filmed by me and her for the film “Share the Drop” including the Elders visit to Wadi Fukin and Tsur Hadasa in August 2009, Joshka Wessels altered the idea of Share the Drop to the idea of Valleys of hope and despair and altered the Webdoc platform to another project (The Blue Peace) without my consent and submit it to the training workshop at EsoDoc 2011 without my consent!

    Joshka Wessels Stolen the video material and the original idea and She didn’t fulfill my financial dues for my work for 7 months as a Co-director.

    1. What makes Joshka Wessels share her personal life and her family matters and her problems with her husband with strangers? And why she was working on demonizing her husband and portraying her relation with him as a bad one and pretending suffer with him? Only in this way she will transform the relation with her work partners into a personal relation and not work relation so she will be able to steal all the produced work in 2009 so as to use it in her Post Doctoral project in Lund University. Joshka Wessels and Robert Hoogeveen practiced work fraud and scam so as to use other people for their business projects in Lund University and to steal the work of seven months in 2009. So according to Joshka Wessels she can be in a relation with two people at the same time and of course it’s ok for her husband! And according to what she is saying she has never been in this situation!
      Joshka Wessels can have a work relation and personal relation at the same time with the same person, she ask from her friends to do work for her and to be her work partners and at the same time she ask from her work partners and colleagues to have relation with them and she offer them her body on webcam and stalking them!! What can we call this?! So she used her personal relations as a cover for her work fraud and robbery through a faked film projects with the help of her husband, Eric Trometer and Dana Trometer from Tarmak Media in London, and since no woman in a stable mental conditions can accept to love two people at the same time unless she want to cheat and scam, Joshka Wessels did that so as to have the access to the water sector in the Middle East for her Post Doc project in Lund University (Hydropolitics in the Jordan River Basin), unless she is really emotionally not well and nuts and crazy as she called herself.

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