Link: “Wild boars in Palestine are being weaponized by Israeli colonialism

Original post found at: https://mondoweiss.net/2022/11/wild-boars-in-palestine-are-being-weaponized-by-israeli-colonialism/

Using wild boars is part of an older Zionist imperative to colonize nature. Over the course of the twentieth century, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has physically and legally occupied lands by planting trees over destroyed Palestinian villages in 1948, or in the hills of the West Bank today. The JNF has planted over 240 million trees, mostly pines, throughout Palestine. The heavy mechanical equipment entailed in the planting process has uprooted existing vegetation to make way for new trees, under a pernicious environmentally-friendly guise. But the reality is that the JNF pines were used as weapons of war, which due to their acidity would kill all nearby plants in the Palestinian landscape and make lands unusable for Palestinian shepherds.

The same is true for the weaponization of wild boars in the West Bank countryside. The wild boar has become a tool for colonial erasure, with the twin purposes of decimating local flora and fauna, and attacking Palestinian livelihoods. More importantly, these colonial practices aim to dismantle Palestinians’ connection to their land and environment. And so too does the Palestinian struggle against wild boars become part of the struggle against the settler-colonialism.

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