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Taken from Resistance Ecology

In light of the ongoing incursion on the Gaza Strip, it is time that animal liberation activists take a stand against the violent occupation of Palestine. As of this writing, 2,000 Palestinians are now dead, nearly all civilians, including almost 500 children. Almost 8,000 have been injured in horrific and indiscriminate assaults

Palestinian walks past a wounded cow at an animal farm east of Gaza City, after an Israeli air strike

The Israeli occupation is one of urban expansion, pollution, settler industrial agriculture, environmental racism, and ecological devastation. It has uprooted the indigenous flora and fauna, including the Palestinian people, and the indigenous food systems that existed prior to European settlement. Since 1901 the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has been able to rapidly accumulate swaths of indigenous Palestinian territory through initiatives to “protect the land, green the landscape and preserve vital ecosystems.” In reality, this has been nothing more than a Zionist program to destroy the native flora and fauna and replace it with a pseudo-European landscape of Pine and Eucalyptus forests. The dense greenery has served the purpose of erasing Palestinian existence from the land. Although illegal under international law, Israel has established over 18 industrial zones, implicated in worker exploitation and chemical waste contamination. The expansion of settlements and industrial zones in the occupied territories require an extensive road network that dissects and further seizes the land. The apartheid wall, 90% of which is in the occupied territories, has uprooted native woodlands and contaminated water supplies. Since the beginning of the occupation, Israel has stolen water for irrigation, settlements, swimming pools, and industry. By every measure, it is a colonial state that is devastating for the land, the animals, and the native people.

Israel has been strategically green-washing, humane-washing, and “vegan-washing” the occupation to conceal the apartheid regime.  Just as Israel’s pink-washing campaign has been used to sever the international queer community from Palestinian solidarity, this new so-called pro-SludgeIsraelanimal trend is nothing more than a public relations strategy to garner support and justify the oppressive logic of the occupation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has even positioned himself to be the herald of progress for animals in the Middle East. The state has gone so far as to align itself with the growing animal advocacy movement, even offering vegan meals and combat gear for soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

All of this hasbara (Israeli state propaganda) is meant to capitalize on the relatively recent growth of animal rights activity in Israel. Unfortunately, this movement has largely been acritical and carried by the appropriation and erasure of historical and ongoing struggles. This surge in problematic “activism” in the name of animals coincided with a tour by “vegan guru” Gary Yourofsky in which he presented at Ariel University, established by military decree in the occupied West Bank. Yourofsky, well known for his statements that consumers of animal products should be raped and murdered, made explicit his position on the occupation of Palestine:

“Humans are the SCUM of the earth… I don’t care about Jews or Palestinians, or their stupid, childish battle over a piece of God-forsaken land in the desert. I care about animals, who are the only oppressed, enslaved and tormented beings on this planet. Human suffering is a joke. Therefore, I will speak anywhere, in any city, in any country, in any location that will have me. I would lecture IN a Palestinian school if they would bring me in.”

 Is this our movement? Is this the animal’s struggle?

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