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Editor’s Note: The following is a call to action from the Palestinian BDS National Committee. Mondoweiss occasionally publishes press releases and statements from organizations in an effort to draw attention to overlooked issues.

We’re joining the Global Climate Week of Actions (20-27 September), demanding an end to fossil fuel use, climate justice for all, and government action at the UN Climate Summit.

The increasingly catastrophic climate crisis, fueled by global inequality, has been engineered by complicit corporations and governments that put profit before people and planet.

The least powerful are the most affected by the climate crisis. With no control over their land or natural resources, indigenous Palestinians under Israel’s repressive regime endure climate apartheid.

Multinational corporations invest in fossil fuels and in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people, pillage of Palestinian natural resources, and exploitation of Palestinian land.

Take Two Actions Now:

1. Click to tell UK bank HSBC to stop financing Israeli repression and the fossil fuel industry

2. Click to tell French insurance giant AXA to divest from Israel’s colonial regime and from fossil fuels destroying the planet

Water, air and soil pollution caused by Israel’s blockade of and wars on Gaza poison life there. In the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel steals Palestinian land and water, and destroys hundred-year-old olive trees and solar energy installations.

Israel works to “greenwash” its image. Yet Israel is developing major gas fields for export, and 97.7% of its electricity production comes from fossil fuels. Warfare, a regular activity of Israel’s government, is also one of the world’s most polluting industries.

The struggles against racism and militarization, and for climate, economic and social justice are profoundly interconnected. Join climate week actions in your area, and take action to end Israel’s climate apartheid against Palestinians.

Palestinian BDS National Committee

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. For more information, visit www.bdsmovement.net/BNC.

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  1. Jackdaw on September 23, 2019, 1:13 am

    “Israel is developing major gas fields for export, and 97.7% of its electricity production comes from fossil fuels”

    Natural gas is a fossil fuel, though the global warming emissions from its combustion are much lower than those from coal or oil. Natural gas emits 50 to 60 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) when combusted in a new, efficient natural gas power plant compared with emissions from a typical new coal plant.

    What are the Palestinians doing to combat climate change?

    * answer not forthcoming*

    Israel on target to have 10% renewable energy by next years.
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-israel-poised-for-energy-revolution-as-solar-prices-fall-1.7187095

    Oh, I’m sorry. I thought BDS just wrote that 97.7% of its [Israel] electricity production comes from fossil fuels.

    • eljay on September 23, 2019, 9:52 am

      || Jackdaw: “Israel is developing major gas fields for export … ”

      What are the Palestinians doing to combat climate change? … ||

      I think we can agree that Israel should:
      – immediately halt its decades-long and on-going occupation and colonization of Partition-borders Palestine;
      – withdraw to within its Partition borders; and
      – not interfere with foreign investment in Palestine and with development of its “green” natural resources sector (among others).

      I think we can also agree that the U.S. can greatly help by giving to Partition-borders Palestine (and to the FCoJ, for that matter) the same sort of unquestioning economic, political, financial and military support that Israel has enjoyed and profited from for decades.

      • Jackdaw on September 23, 2019, 10:29 am

        Israel will not unilaterally quit Judea and Samaria without a comprehensive peace deal.

        Hamastan resulted from Israel’s unilateral departure from Gaza and Israel isn’t going to make that same mistake.

        Maybe it’s time for the Palestinian people to toss out Hamas and Mr. Abbas and cut a real, lasting peace deal with Israel.

        Once that’s done, the Palestinians could get on with the more important matter of saving themselves from the devastating effects of climate change.

        *not happening *

        When the big, bad wolf comes, whose house is going to stand?

      • annie on September 23, 2019, 12:42 pm

        Israel will not unilaterally quit Judea and Samaria without a comprehensive peace deal.

        and they’ve shown time and again they will prevent a comprehensive peace deal at all costs, which they then use to justify the continued occupation and colonization of palestine.

        Hamastan resulted from Israel’s unilateral departure from Gaza

        after Israel left gaza they imposed and *economic embargo* on all of palestine until abbas caved, then a complete blockade of gaza ensued. so please don’t pretend gaza is in the condition it’s in because the settlers left or because of hamas.

        Maybe it’s time for the Palestinian people to toss out Hamas and Mr. Abbas and cut a real, lasting peace deal with Israel.

        wasn’t Gaddafi given a similar opportunity, to hand over his nukes and make peace, and as soon as he was defenseless they cut his head off? what reason would palestinians have to trust israel? remember oslo? netanyahu lied through his teeth, as revealed in the leaked tape. remember the palestine papers, 10 years of negotiations leaked revealing palestinians agreed to virtually everything and livni said no.

        what fools do you take palestinians for, to trust israel would ever agree to a comprehensive peace deal? they only want total surrender.

      • eljay on September 23, 2019, 11:34 am

        || Jackdaw: … Maybe it’s time for the Palestinian people to toss out Hamas and Mr. Abbas and cut a real, lasting peace deal with Israel.

        Once that’s done, the Palestinians could get on with the more important matter of saving themselves from the devastating effects of climate change. ||

        You, hophmi and I appear to be in agreement.

        I think it’s great that we all want to see a secular and democratic Palestine succeed next to a secular and democratic Israel.

        :-)

    • Bumblebye on September 23, 2019, 4:54 pm

      I wonder how much of that “10% renewable energy” comes from solar panels stolen from Palestine? Another of israel’s bad habits towards the people it oppresses.

  2. MHughes976 on September 23, 2019, 1:02 pm

    I think that Israel should state for all the world to see what it would consider a fair and final settlement of the problem and see how the Palestinians and world opinion respond. If climate change is an overriding problem then it provides a further reason for removing a conflict which must be distracting all concerned from cooperation on that and all matters for the benefit of humanity.
    I rather expect to hear that, on the contrary, Israeli leadership in controlling climate change is so vital for humanity that the distraction from the world-saving good work caused to Israel by the Palestinian problem needs to be minimised and therefore that Palestinian complaints need to be vigorously ignored. I think that this will be false but somehow that we will hear quite a lot of it, ie the coopting of the climate change problems to preserve the power structures in which the Western political and intellectual class still quite firmly believes.
    Just to add that the classic 2ss, not that this is Israel’s proposal but it is the West’s flickering dream, is screamingly unfair in objective terms.

    • RoHa on September 24, 2019, 2:48 am

      “the coopting of the climate change problems to preserve the power structures in which the Western political and intellectual class still quite firmly believes.”

      Yes, that is why the tale gets peddled so assiduously .

      As part of her battle with the coal miners’ unions, Margaret Thatcher pushed this assembly of elderly makers of footwear into international politics, and then set up and funded the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research with the remit of supporting her.

      This is something the governments love, the corporations love, and the media love because it can give plenty of space for virtue signalling and public anguish, without actually changing the relationship between poor people and rich people, between poor countries and rich countries. (Phrasing adapted from George Galloway, who pointed out that the Yellow Vest demonstrations get much less TV time.)

      It’s a great distraction.

  3. Ossinev on September 23, 2019, 2:03 pm

    @Jackdaw
    “Hamastan resulted from Israel’s unilateral departure from Gaza and Israel isn’t going to make that same mistake”

    Au contraire mon non – brave ” ,Hamastan ” was Israel`s creation long before Sharon decide to extract the looney tune Zio settlers from Gaza.

    https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/ron-paul-israel-created-hamas/

  4. gamal on October 3, 2019, 3:16 am

    “With no control over their land or natural resources, indigenous Palestinians under Israel’s repressive regime endure climate apartheid”

    Bedouin Life in the Egyptian Wilderness by Joseph J Hobbs contains a good deal of information on the traditional environmental management of indigenous Arabs, window on a much misrepresented world and its people. The foreword by Leo Tregenza available at link is really wonderful.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bedouin-Egyptian-Wilderness-Joseph-Hobbs/dp/0292707894

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