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PhD student Ghada Sasa wins this year’s IGHC Graduate Essay Competition

Congratulations to PhD student Ghada Sasa for winning this year’s Institute on Globalization and Human Condition Graduate Essay Prize!

Jun 07, 2019

Political Science PhD student, Ghada Sasa, was awarded the prize for her essay on "Israeli Green Colonialism in the North of Historic Palestine”, which she wrote for Dr. Peter Nyers’ graduate seminar (Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies).

Long abstract of essay:
"Israeli Green Colonialism in the North of Historic Palestine”

This essay argues that Israel pursues green colonialism in the North of Historic Palestine. Green colonialism refers to the state’s use of environmental policy, such as protected areas, to promote a colonial agenda. The analysis focuses on Zippori National Park, built by Israel in 1993, atop the Palestinian village of Safouriye, which Israeli forces bombed during the Nakba, depopulated, and renamed Sepphoris. This essay also highlights the ways in which Palestinians are resisting against Israeli green colonialism in the fight for social and environmental justice. For example, Palestinian activists make use of technology to map out destroyed Palestinian localities and preserve their histories, and thus challenge the Europeanization of the Palestinian landscape.