How the Occupation Harms Not Only the Palestinians, but the Planet Too

Wasteful construction, a double road system, trips lengthened by checkpoints and asphalt at the expense of open spaces: Israel’s policy in the West Bank and Gaza has a green price tag

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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The No. 1 polluter in the occupied Palestinian territories is the very control Israel exercises over the land and the settlement enterprise. That isn’t a verbatim quote, but that’s the spirit of what Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh said at the COP26 environmental summit in Glasgow last week.

His presence barely won a mention in the global media, let alone in the Israeli media, further demonstrating how sidelined the Palestinian issue has become on the global agenda. But that doesn’t make the harm to the environment any the less.

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