Planting the Promised Landscape: Zionism, Nature, and Resistance in Israel/Palestine
University at Buffalo Law School
Natural Resources Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2, 2009
Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-012
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 46
Keywords: Legal Geography, Law and Nature, Nature and Nationalism, Zionism and Nature, Forests in Israel/Palestine
Date posted: June 17, 2010 ; Last revised: July 22, 2010