Planting the Promised Landscape: Zionism, Nature, and Resistance in Israel/Palestine

46 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2010 Last revised: 22 Jul 2010

Irus Braverman

University at Buffalo Law School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Braverman, Irus, Planting the Promised Landscape: Zionism, Nature, and Resistance in Israel/Palestine (2009). Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2009; Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1625341

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