The Slow Creep of Settler Colonialism: Exploring Water Control in Palestine


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This thesis analyzes the Israeli-Palestinian water issue using a settler colonial framework. It highlights the contributions made to this field under the often used framework of hydro-hegemony to understand water issues in Israel-Palestine. Using a settler colonial framework helps to better describe the issue and highlight the slow creep of settler colonialism over the years. It also helps to see beyond the power dynamics and its relationship to domination and consent to understand the realities that Palestinians face on the ground. In addition, this
thesis will help build towards exploring resistance to water control under settler colonialism.

Therefore, this thesis uses the village of Bardala, located in the northern part of the Jordan Valley, as a case study to examine Israel’s control over water resources, and the restrictions it has placed on accessing water for Palestinians. Through interviews and secondary sources, this thesis shows how settler colonial policies disrupt the entire fabric of Palestinian society. These policies consolidated Israel’s control over the water resources through various tools such as the permit regime which was established under the Oslo Interim Agreement of 1995, prevention of
developing and constructing water infrastructures, attacks on water facilities and confiscation of agricultural equipment. In return, Palestinians have been engaging in various forms of everyday
resistance methods to remain steadfast and continue to exist in the face of occupation. Therefore, using a settler colonial framework shows how the control over water resources is part of a greater settler colonial framework aimed at accessing territory and eliminating Palestinians from their lands through various processes and structures.

Table of Content

Acknowledgements 4
List of Figures 5
Chapter 1: Introduction 6
Chapter 2: Research Design and Methodology 12
Chapter 3: Literature Review 20
Settler Colonialism 29
Environmental Colonialism and Injustice 32
Counter-Hegemony, Sumud, and Everyday forms of Resistance 34
Contribution 39
Chapter 4: Background 42
The Zionist Movement and Political Ideology: 42
Zionist Romanticization of the Environment: Justifications of Dispossesion 44
Policies of Israel in the Jordan Valley and the importance of Jordan Valley to
Palestine 47
Chapter 5: The Case of Bardala 49
The Slow Creep of Settler Colonial Structures and Processes 52
Impact on Agriculture 60
Attacks on Water Facilities: An example of militarization of control 69
Sumud: Steadfastness of Palestinians in Relation to Water 72
Conclusion 80
References 82

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