Book ID: CBB991986388

Settling Nature: The Conservation Regime in Palestine-Israel (2023)


Irus Braverman (Author)

University of Minnesota Press

Publication Date: 2023
Physical Details: 362
Language: English

Settling Nature documents the widespread ecological warfare practiced by the state of Israel. Recruited to the front lines are fallow deer, gazelles, wild asses, griffon vultures, pine trees, and cows—on the Israeli side—against goats, camels, olive trees, hybrid goldfinches, and akkoub—which are affiliated with the Palestinian side. These nonhuman soldiers are all the more effective because nature camouflages their tactical deployment as such.​ Drawing on more than seventy interviews with Israel’s nature officials and on observations of their work, this book examines the careful orchestration of this animated warfare by Israel’s nature administration on both sides of the Green Line. Alongside its powerful protection of wildlife biodiversity, the territorial reach of Israel’s nature protection is remarkable: to date, nearly 25 percent of the country’s total land mass is assigned as a park or a reserve. Settling Nature argues that the administration of nature advances the Zionist project of Jewish settlement and the corresponding dispossession of non-Jews from this space.

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Authors & Contributors
Geraci, Robert M.
Davidovitch, Nadav
Zalashik, Rakefet
Corry, Leo
Schappacher, Norbert
Parikka, Jussi
Science in Context
Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Food, Culture and Society
Science, Technology and Human Values
New York University
Oxbow Books
Yale University Press
University of California, Los Angeles
de Gruyter
The MIT Press
Science and religion
Science and politics
Public health
Pasteur, Louis
Landau, Edmund
Aḥad Haʻam (1856-1927)
Hacking, Ian
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
Ottoman Empire
Georgia (Republic)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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