"Colonialism and Environmental Destruction

“But what Israel has now identified as a “national security problem” is indeed a disaster of its own making. The occupation, colonization, dispossession, and aggression against Palestine and the Palestinians have caused so much environmental damage that now even the Israeli occupier is suffering.”

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Israel’s ‘Environmental Crisis’ Is of Its Own Making

Israel’s blockade prevents Palestinians in Gaza from building waste recycling plants.

Israel’s blockade prevents Palestinians in Gaza from building waste recycling plants.

A Cruel Contradiction

“The Notre Dame-Global Adaption Initiative (ND-GAIN) Country Index, which is part of the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative, summarizes a country’s vulnerability to climate change as well as its “readiness” to improve resilience. The ND-GAIN ranks Israel as the 29th least vulnerable and the 32nd most resilient country to tackle climate change in the world. Meanwhile, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are not included in this index and are sidelined in most discussions on climate change altogether, even though they face a dual challenge. Not only are the OPT directly threatened by climate change, but the Israeli occupation prevents the Territories from adapting to it.

This presents a contradiction which is rarely accounted for by the international community. The ongoing Israeli occupation, now in its fifty-second year, enables the Israeli state to both exploit Palestinian and Syrian resources (notably water and arable land) and prevent occupied Palestinians and Syrians from pursuing measures to support climate change adaptation.”

Israel’s Problematic Role in Perpetuating Water Insecurity for Palestine

Photo: Palestinian men spray water on children to cool them down before prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan near the Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Photo: Palestinian men spray water on children to cool them down before prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan near the Dome of the Rock, in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad