Editorial Palestine – Environment and Conflict Several files published by Africana Studia included material about Arab speaking countries, from Northern Africa to the Middle East. Still, this is the first one to focus exclusively on a non-African reality and apparently one not framed within a comparative perspective. In fact, the comparative framework is clearly there. Palestine, like almost all African territories for about eight decades – and especially like South African apartheid between the 1950s and 1990’s – is a conflict area with key lessons for colonial studies, which remain a “classical “ field of interest for Africana Studia. Palestinian heritage is rather complex – this is a land of cultural convergences since Ancient times – but its current status is quite simple: a colonial power controls the land, the sea, the air and the people. Colonial systems touch every territorial dimension, whether it is visible (geographical) or invisible (culture). Their mastering of spaces implies changes in landscape and in the environment as well as in the minds of their inhabitants. This is the case of the Palestinian territories under foreign control with its obvious impact on populations, environments and culture. In order to contribute to the understanding of the general colonization phenomena throughout its Palestinian variant, a research network including Palestinian Universities and CEAUP was organized. The goal of the network was limited. Many aspects of the Palestinian colonial conflict have been addressed in the scientific literature regarding Law studies, Human Rights, refugees, political violence and resistance, no to speak of other broad issues on history and sociology. This current number of Africana Studia intends just to focus on a rather neglected but much needed dimension: the impact of the conflict on the living environment and the landscape of the Palestinian people. It is now consensual that the global environmental situation is dire and that humanity faces a critical human rights junction. Numerous international fora, official documents, and scientific events and publications discuss climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, overexploitation, invasive species. However, few of them have addressed these topics in the context of colonial Palestine under Israeli occupation. We wish that the current collection of papers in your hand will provide a new path and that it may raise significant questions about this hidden face of Palestinian reality. Ahmad Abu Hammad* Maciel Santos** Mazin Qumsiyeh*** Mustapha El Hannani**** * Department of Geography and Geoinformatics Birzeit University Birzeit Palestine. Associate Professor. ** CEAUP. *** Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, Bethlehem University. Professor and director. **** ESO-Angers, UMR 6590 CNR, Université d’Angers. SFR Confluences, France.
Peso: 0,288 kg
Dimensões (C x A): 15,5 × 22,5 cm
Editora: CEAUP – Centro Est.Afr.Univ.Porto
Autor: Santos, Maciel Morais
Língua Edição: Inglês