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Environmental Warfare in Gaza: Contemporary Israeli Coloniality

Environmental Warfare in Gaza: Contemporary Israeli Coloniality

Date(s) - 05/18/2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Environmental Warfare in Gaza: Contemporary Israeli Coloniality

This talk examines the historical production and ongoing maintenance of the eastern ‘border’ of the occupied Gaza Strip with Israel in the wake of the 2018 Great March of Return. Against the backdrop of over seven decades of Israeli settler-colonialism, a ‘buffer zone’ has been formed along Gaza’s border with Israel through the denial of Palestinian access to agricultural lands, periodic military confrontation, the uprooting and grazing of farmlands, and the latest practice of aerial herbicidal spraying. During the Great March–a weekly action launched on the 70th anniversary of AL-Nakba where Palestinians demanded their right of return to their villages–the ‘slow’ violence of this gradual border production culminated in the ‘fast’ killing of bodies. Using a range of visual and fieldwork methodologies, this talk will unpack the link between these forms of colonial violence and locate the destruction of the environment and the destruction of the body in time and space. In doing so, we examine the ways in which the testimony of the land can be documented along the other forms of testimony to confront the historical erasure of state crimes and expose forms of ongoing settler-colonial violence.

Shourideh C. Molavi has extensive academic, legal research, and fieldwork experience in the Middle East on the topics of human and minority rights, with an emphasis on the relationship between the law, violence, and power. Trained with a background in International Humanitarian Law, she is the dedicated Israel-Palestine researcher for Forensic Architecture, linking our investigations to the work and research of civil society groups and human rights defenders in the country. Shourideh is the Senior Lecturer in Critical Urbanisms at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Her publications include Stateless Citizenship: The Arab Citizens of Israel (Brill, 2013); Contemporary Israel/Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2018); Environmental Warfare in Gaza (Pluto Press, 2021); Interrogating the Citizen: On the Israeli Logic of Exclusion (I.B. Tauris, 2022, forthcoming).

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