Planting the Promised Landscape: Zionism, Nature, and Resistance in Israel/Palestine
46 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2010 Last revised: 22 Jul 2010
Date Written: 2009
This article reveals the complex historical and cultural processes that have led to the symbiotic identification between pine trees and Jewish people in Israel/Palestine. It introduces three tree donation techniques used by Israel, then proceeds to discuss the meaning of nature in Israel, as well as the meaning of planting and rooting in the context of the Zionist project. The article concludes by reflecting on the ways that pine trees absent Palestinian presence and memory from the landscape, and explains how Palestinian acts of aggression toward these pine landscapes relate to the Israel/Palestine relationship.
Keywords: Legal Geography, Law and Nature, Nature and Nationalism, Zionism and Nature, Forests in Israel/Palestine
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