How Dangerous Zionism and water apartheid are in this time of climate change

“The climate emergency makes Zionism redundant as a future response to antisemitism; it’s already responsible for gross inequality in resilience against climate change; and, in the context of the global crisis we face, Zionism is one of many obsolete ideologies which needs to be ditched if we’re to build a sustainable future for all of us.

The climate emergency makes Zionism obsolete (but Judaism could help save the planet)

A Palestinian girl passes through flooding water in the village of Ein Qiniya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jan. 9, 2013. Extreme weather, including torrential rains and heavy winds, killed four people in Israel and the Palestinian territories on January 8, 2013, as widespread flooding swept the Middle East. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

A Palestinian girl passes through flooding water in the village of Ein Qiniya near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Jan. 9, 2013. Extreme weather, including torrential rains and heavy winds, killed four people in Israel and the Palestinian territories on January 8, 2013, as widespread flooding swept the Middle East. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

An Amazing Story

When Palestinian entrepreneur Majd Mashharawi left Gaza for the first time in 2017, she counted herself lucky to be among a small minority able to get away from a place described by its residents as the world’s largest open-air prison.

But during her visit to Japan, what most caught her eye were the lights in the streets. The Palestinian enclave she comes from is notorious for its power cuts. Mashharawi, 25, decided to do something about the problem on her return to Gaza.”

The Palestinian entrepreneur bringing power to Gaza

Majd Mashharawi installs the SunBox System with (from left) Ahmad Barzaq, Ammar Nada and Rehab Abus Haiba. Photo: Courtesy of SunBox

Majd Mashharawi installs the SunBox System with (from left) Ahmad Barzaq, Ammar Nada and Rehab Abus Haiba. Photo: Courtesy of SunBox

Climate Justice and Palestine

“Palestine is faced with a double challenge, global and local. Due to climate change, the average rainfall is decreasing and the Jordan River will soon run dry. The Gazan aquifer is so over-utilized and salinated, experts have been saying that there will be no drinkable water for 1.9 million people by 2016 which is, after all, now. These same people are also crippled by a crushing economic siege and an environment poisoned by toxic munitions. At the same time, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank is characterized by water confiscation and contamination.”

Although written in early 2016, this article is even more relevant today~

Climate Justice and Palestine: the New Intersectionality

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On September 20 Alliance for Water Justice members joined the thousands of people who jammed Boston's City Hall Plaza for the student-organized Climate Strike. Our signs attracted considerable interest and thumbs up approval. Photos by Nancy Murray.

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Focus on the Jordan Valley

"Ibrahim Sawafteh, the head of the Bardala Livestock Development Association, told Al-Monitor, 'Water is the lifeblood of the Jordan Valley. Without enough water, life becomes impossible for farmers, especially from April to November each year, given the high temperatures.' ”

Struggle for water continues in Palestine’s Jordan Valley

REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman  Palestinians stand by a fence as they look at Israeli water pipes in the Jordan Valley, Israeli-occupied West Bank, Aug. 21, 2019.

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Palestinians stand by a fence as they look at Israeli water pipes in the Jordan Valley, Israeli-occupied West Bank, Aug. 21, 2019.