In January 2022, thousands of people in Gaza were displaced when precipitation patterns impacted by climate change met infrastructure ravaged by repeated Israeli military bombardments, flooding their homes with a mix of rainwater and sewage. At the same time, Palestinian Bedouin protesters in the Naqab desert faced tear gas and rubber-coated bullets as Israeli forces suppressed their resistance to a forest being planted over their village. Similar experiences of ecological injustice are a prevalent part of Palestinian life under Israeli rule.
Social movements in Palestine are confronting the convergence of US and Israeli settler colonialism and militarism. As they face a government that upholds water apartheid, plants forests over ethnically cleansed villages, uproots trees to build a wall, runs military drills atop farm fields, profits from extractive industries in occupied territory, and receives billions in US military funding, Palestinians are organizing locally and transnationally for a just and sustainable future.
Grassroots International accompanies work such as:
- A Palestinian-run agroecology school, building skills, practical tools, and contextualized knowledge
- Campaigns and organizing to defend land and water, dismantle the apartheid wall, stop ethnic cleansing, and oppose false solutions to climate change
- Food access initiatives implemented in refugee camps by Palestinian refugees
- Projects advancing sustainable livelihoods and food sovereignty