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
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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.

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