Measuring Inequality

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A measuring cup demonstrating the unequal division of water between the West Bank and Israel.


This measuring cup demonstrates the unequal division of water in Palestine and Israel.

Filled to the top line (500 ml), it represents the 300 litres that Israelis consume per day on average.

If you fill it to the middle line (167 ml), it represents the amount of water recommended by the World Health Organisation per person per day.

Filled only to the bottom line (117 ml), you see the average amount of water available for Palestinians in the West Bank.

The cup lacks traditional measurement values, reflecting the fact that many Palestinians must constantly calculate the amount of water they have remaining because rooftop water tanks are refilled irregularly. One has to think: "If I take a shower now, and do the dishes, can I still wash my clothes as well?"

Size: Height 26cm, Diameter 6cm.

Design:  Mirte van Duppen (Netherlands)Helen Underhill (UK)

Artisan: Jaba Glass (Hizma village, Jerusalem, Palestine)

Producer: Disarming Design From Palestine


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