Challenging hydro-hegemony: hydro-politics and local resistance in the Golan Heights and the Palestinian territories

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  • Josepha Ivanka Wessels
Hydro-hegemonic praxis defines much of Israel’s occupation that has continued since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. Two empirical case studies of hydro-hegemony and counter-hegemony at local level are compared in this paper: the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Both case studies show that control over water resources and supply provides political power over others at local level. Yet non-violent resistance can be observed in these border areas. In border areas between Israel, Syria and Palestine, control over access and water supply plays an important role in the ability of Israel to exercise hegemonic power in daily hydro-politics, which in the long term is detrimental for the people and the environment and disrupts the hydrological balance in the entire Jordan River basin.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)601-623
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2015

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Hydro-hegemony, Israel, Palestine, Syria

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