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Palestine is a climate justice issue – Israeli apartheid is not ‘green’

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The catastrophic climate crisis is fueled by global inequality and engineered by complicit governments and corporations that put profit before people and planet. Everywhere, the least powerful are the most affected.

Indigenous Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and apartheid, with no control over our land or natural resources, are highly vulnerable to the climate crisis. With Israel monopolizing resources, rising temperatures are exacerbating desertification and water and land scarcity, and creating climate apartheid.

Multinational corporations like AXA and HSBC, that invest in fossil fuels, are complicit in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. They invest in companies arming Israel, financing its illegal settlements and pillaging Palestinian land and natural resources.

Israel’s blockade of and wars on Gaza poison life there

Israel is stealing and destroying Palestinian land and water

  • Israel has seized control over exploitation of all the land illegally appropriated from Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed and dispossessed in 1948, and of at least 60% of the land in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).
  • In the OPT, Israel’s illegal settlements consume six times more water than Palestinians.
  • Since 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees, some ancient.

Israel “greenwashes” its image, while destroying the environment

  • Israel’s racist and false claim, “making the desert bloom,” is intended to hide its violent destruction of Palestinian society and its unsustainable agricultural and water use practices.
  • 97.7% of Israel’s electricity production comes from fossil fuels, including natural gas extracted in part by illegally exploiting Palestinian gas resources.
  • Israel is seeking to export energy to Europe to create dependency upon its fossil fuel-based and illicitly generated energy sources.
  • Israel generates wind and solar energy in illegally occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.
  • Warfare, a pillar of Israel’s economy, is one of the world’s most polluting industries.

The struggles against colonialism, racism and militarization, and for climate, economic and social justice are profoundly interconnected. Palestinians, like people worldwide, seek climate justice by holding governments and corporations to account. The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is one powerful nonviolent means to pressure Israel to end its regime of oppression.

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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. eljay on December 4, 2019, 10:34 am

    To me it seems trivial and distracting to “intersectionalize” “climate justice” with Israel’s decades-long and on-going campaign of military occupation, oppression, colonialism, supremacism and (war) crimes.

    The fact that the rapist doesn’t conscientiously “reduce, re-use and recycle” is really quite irrelevant in the scheme of things.

    • RoHa on December 5, 2019, 2:44 am

      I agree. I don’t think the Palestinian cause will be assisted by associating it with fashionable nonsense.

      • Mooser on December 5, 2019, 8:02 pm

        “RoHa”, since you are such a observant observer, and can see below the fashionable nonsense, when (oh, within a decade or so) do you expect the “fashionable nonsense” of climate change to go ‘out of fashion’?
        Just asking, so I can update my wardrobe in time.

      • Keith on December 6, 2019, 4:58 pm

        ROHA- “…fashionable nonsense.”

        Nonsense that “greenhouse gases” trap radiant solar energy? Nonsense that fossil fuel burning has added to the greenhouse gas concentration driving it from 280 ppm to 415 ppm? Nonsense that increased concentrations of greenhouse gases trap more heat? Nonsense that the Earth’s temperature is rising increasingly rapidly with no end in sight? Well, who am I to challenge your irrational, ideologically based viewpoint? We have had this conversation before. Each time the only difference is that the planet has warmed some more.

        “The 10 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998, and 9 of the 10 have occurred since 2005. The year 1998 is the only year from the twentieth century still among the ten warmest years on record. Looking back to 1988, a pattern emerges: except for 2011, as each new year is added to the historical record, it becomes one of the top 10 warmest on record at that time, but it is ultimately replaced as the “top ten” window shifts forward in time.” (NOAA) https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature

      • Mooser on December 7, 2019, 7:56 pm

        “Keith”, it might be hard for “RoHa” to appreciate the effects of climate change. He lives in the Southern Hemisphere, where everything is the opposite.
        Australia hasn’t seen any sign of climate change, has it?
        Or maybe his favorite climate scientist is Dr. Pangloss.

      • RoHa on December 8, 2019, 12:20 am

        Keith, as I’ve tried to point out before, I base my postion on scientific method. (Does that count as an ideology?) I’ll give you the bare bones.

        The fashionable hypothesis to explain current warming is the C02+water vapour feedback hypothesis. Major precise and quantifiable predictions based on that hypothesis seem to fail. I thus conclude that the hypothesis is probably false.

        Thus, I think that the ideology that has been built around that hypothesis, and peddled by the establishment ever since Thatcher pushed it into international politics in 1989, is nonsense.

      • Mooser on December 8, 2019, 12:41 pm

        Uh-oh, somebody can’t tell science from scientific sophistry.

        But then, “RoHa” is our most super-silliest commenter.

      • Keith on December 8, 2019, 1:02 pm

        ROHA- “Keith, as I’ve tried to point out before, I base my postion on scientific method.”

        Apparently your version of the “scientific method” is different from the one used by the climate scientists studying the phenomenon, the overwhelming majority of which have demonstrated conclusively that the ongoing rise in the atmospheric temperature is caused almost exclusively by human carbon emissions. This is about to change as positive feedback loops kick in and what had been carbon sinks become carbon emitters. https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/06/permafrost-hits-a-grim-threshold/

        I find it perplexing that you feel qualified to lecture climate scientists on the “scientific method” even as you ignore the overwhelming amount of data which demonstrates the reality of anthropogenic global warming. The temperature record itself has rather obviously departed from the historical norm. You ignore all of my links and quotes in favor of your denier websites. For those interested, I provide a link to a highly enjoyable and informative National Academy of Sciences video by climate scientist Prof. Richard Alley on 4.6 billion years of climate history (paleoclimatology) and the importance of CO2.

        Link to climate history video (24 min)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujkcTZZlikg

      • RoHa on December 8, 2019, 10:10 pm

        Mooser, you seem to have a reading problem. I don’t deny that the Earth’s climate changes. On the contrary, I am well aware that in the last 10,000 years or so it has cycled between warm periods (Holocene optimum, Minoan, Roman, Mediaeval, and current*) and cool periods. I suspect that the processes that caused the preceding warm periods have not ceased to operate, and are largely responsible for the current warming.

        The sensible thing to do is to use our technology to adapt to the changes rather than build an ideology on an unsubstantiated and failing hypothesis.

        (*Each, it seems, a bit cooler than the preceding warm period.)

      • Mooser on December 9, 2019, 12:49 pm

        I agree, “RoHa”, everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.

      • Mooser on December 9, 2019, 1:05 pm

        “The sensible thing to do is to use our technology to adapt to the changes rather than build an ideology on an unsubstantiated and failing hypothesis.” “RoHa”

        Gee, where have I seen that line before?

      • echinococcus on December 9, 2019, 2:23 pm

        Mooser,

        “Gee, where have I seen that line before?”

        Try the Memoirs of Galileo Galilei, for one.
        Limitedly to that line, of course. Are you proposing that we go back to faith?

      • RoHa on December 10, 2019, 7:11 pm

        Some climate scientists need a few refreshers on scientific method.
        https://judithcurry.com/2019/11/12/legacy-of-climategate-10-years-later/#more-25412
        But no-one has “conclusively demonstrated” the man-made-CO2-is-causing-most-current-warming hypothesis, and it isn’t an overwhelming majority of climate scientists who believe it. At least 97% believe that CO2 has an effect (as I do) but there is a wide range of views on how much effect.
        Thanks for the Alley* video. Very interesting. He certainly tries hard to support the CO2 hypothesis. But predictions based on that hypothesis seem to fail, and so I doubt the hypothesis. If I may be permitted to offer a video about just one of the failures:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1BAhfjH4g4

        And I’ll just sneak in a link to the eminently sensible Judith Curry’s remarks on Madrid.
        https://judithcurry.com/2019/12/02/madrid/#more-25458

        (*Interestingly, David Lappi used Alley’s Greenland data to argue that we have been in a cooling phase for the last 7000 years, and current warming is not a problem. I suspect that Alley would reply that the cooling trend is the “slow defence”, and the warming will be an immediate problem.)

      • Keith on December 11, 2019, 12:45 am

        ROHA- “Some climate scientists need a few refreshers on scientific method.”

        No, you need to accept reality for what it is. Your hubris is astonishing! When a non-scientist lectures scientists on the scientific method one can only question the sanity of the non-scientist! I eagerly await your peer reviewed article in one of the appropriate scientific journals on the “unscientific” climatologists who ignore the import of the Thatcherite conspiracy. Are you so out of touch with reality that you are unaware of the extent to which your climate comments destroy your credibility? Your extreme bias and ability to turn a blind eye to empirical reality is rather astonishing.

        “Dr. Jeff Masters, meteorologist: “This near-record global warmth in 2019 is all the more remarkable since it is occurring during the minimum of the weakest solar cycle in 100+ years, and during a year when a strong El Niño has not been present” (Jeffrey St Clair) https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/20/roaming-charges-pompeo-and-circumstance/

      • Keith on December 11, 2019, 1:13 am

        ROHA- ” If I may be permitted to offer a video about just one of the failures:”

        My God, my God, how dense are you? How many times have I accused you of basing your opinions on industry funded climate change denier websites? And what do you do? You link to an industry funded climate change denier website! Yes. yes, screw the NOAA and the National Academy of Science links I provided, rely instead on the Heartland Institute! Please notice the Wikipedia comment about rejecting the “scientific consensus.” Are you inviting ridicule?

        “In the 1990s, the Heartland Institute worked with the tobacco company Philip Morris to attempt to discredit the health risks of secondhand smoke and to lobby against smoking bans.[3][4]:233–34[5] Since the 2000s, the Heartland Institute has been a leading promoter of climate change denial.[6][7] It rejects the scientific consensus on climate change,[8] and says that policies to fight it would be damaging to the economy.[9]” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heartland_Institute

      • Mooser on December 11, 2019, 12:19 pm

        “the Heartland Institute”

        Perhaps there are more things just in Australia, “RoHatio” then are dream’t of in your philology.
        Have you checked with the Outback Institute?

      • RoHa on December 12, 2019, 5:49 am

        I’m not lecturing. I’m just pointing to the criticisms that other scientists have made. I’ll be happy for you to show that those criticisms are not justified.

        As for facing reality, that’s what I try to do. But you and I have different ideas about what the reality is. You seem to be totally convinced that your idea is correct. I’m a sceptical type, so I am far less convinced that my idea is correct, but I do think it is more likely to be correct than yours.

        We can agree that warming is happening without agreeing on the cause of the warming.

        The content of Spencer’s presentation is what is important. Either the data and interpretation are sound, or they are faulty.
        The venue of the presentation is irrelevant.
        Appeals to consensus are irrelevant. (Consensus is not part of scientific method.)

        But I see what you think I should do. I should only look at websites that peddle the party line. I should avoid all websites that corrupt the youth of Athens by questioning or criticising that line.

        (You seem to use “denialist” in the way the Zionists use “antisemite”.)

        As for my credibility, aside from issues of punctuation, I don’t expect, and don’t want, people to believe anything I say on my say-so alone. I present arguments. So I don’t need credibility.

      • Mooser on December 13, 2019, 3:17 pm

        ” So I don’t need credibility.”

        Very true. Your nym is posted above every one of your comments, and every reader is free to roll their eyes, mutter ‘Oh the old Gawd-help-us is at it again’ and scroll on past.

        But look, let’s get back to something you can both agree on: Rudy Giulania is back from Ukraine with all the details of the Biden-Soros-Ukraine scandal

      • Keith on December 13, 2019, 7:42 pm

        MOOSER- “But look, let’s get back to something you can both agree on: Rudy Giulania is back from Ukraine with all the details of the Biden-Soros-Ukraine scandal”

        The empire destroyed Russia and Ukraine and replaced the communists with incredibly corrupt capitalist oligarchs. Ukraine was corrupt before the coup and after. And the Bidens (and Democratic Party powerhouse Soros) were involved in the corruption. The whole story will never come out because that is not how the empire works. However, since you brought the topic up, a couple of quotes.

        “Hundreds of pages of never-released memos and documents — many from inside the American team helping Burisma to stave off its legal troubles — conflict with Biden’s narrative.

        And they raise the troubling prospect that U.S. officials may have painted a false picture in Ukraine that helped ease Burisma’s legal troubles and stop prosecutors’ plans to interview Hunter Biden during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
        ….
        Biden has faced scrutiny since December 2015, when the New York Times published a story noting that Burisma hired Hunter Biden just weeks after the vice president was asked by President Obama to oversee U.S.-Ukraine relations. That story also alerted Biden’s office that Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin had an active investigation of Burisma and its founder.”
        (John Solomon) https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/463307-solomon-these-once-secret-memos-cast-doubt-on-joe-bidens-ukraine-story

        “Kuzmarov wrote: “The Biden family was one of the major beneficiaries of America’s interference in Ukraine. While the Vice-President was overseeing U.S. policy toward Ukraine, his son, Hunter joined the board of one of Ukraine’s most profitable and corrupt energy companies, Burisma, which gave the potential to the Bidens of becoming billionaires. Journalist Peter Schweizer points out that Biden regularly consulted with [President Petro] Poroshenko by telephone and made five trips to the Ukraine between 2014 and 2017 while his son’s business partners prepared to strike a profitable deal with controversial and reportedly violent oligarchs Kolomoisky and Zlochevsky, who would benefit from his actions. Schweizer’s investigation further pointed to the disappearance of $1.8 billion in U.S. taxpayer guaranteed money to Ukraine. The IMF loans disappeared after going through Kolomoisky’s private bank.” (Ron Ridenour) https://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php/obama-greatest-war-president-book-review

        “Joe Biden, who is expected to announce a run for president, is emblematic of the corruption of the US in Ukraine. Wikileaks reports, Biden pledged US financial and technical assistance to Ukraine for “unconventional” gas resources (i.e. fracking). And, not only was his son Hunter put on the board of the largest private gas company in Ukraine (along with a long-time Kerry family friend and financier) but when that gas company was threatened with investigation, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 saying that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion. Biden claimed he gave the country six hours to fire the prosecutor before he left Ukraine or he would bankrupt the country. OU fired him.” (Kevin Zeese) https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/ukraine-why-ou-lost-by-a-landslide/#more-91493

  2. bcg on December 4, 2019, 11:29 am

    From the Atlantic Council: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/israel-s-problematic-role-in-perpetuating-water-insecurity-for-palestine/

    Israel’s problematic role in perpetuating water insecurity for Palestine…States like Israel are well-equipped with technologies to deal with climate change, while the territories it occupies—namely Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights—are deprived of both their resources and the technologies necessary to protect them….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….

  3. Rusty Pipes on December 5, 2019, 8:54 pm

    But, but, but … drip irrigation and cherry tomatoes.

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