14 October 2009
Div III Outline
1. Introduction (approx 12-22 pages)
a. Background on personal involvement (approx 4-7 pages)
i. Machon Arava demographics
ii. Kibbutz K’tura demographics
iii. Overview of Machon Arava, ethnographic methodology, personal stories from interviews/important moments from F08 semester
b. Background on political situation (approx 5-10 pages)
i. Brief overview of politics and history of conflict from Independence to present
ii. Exploration of power dynamics within Israeli politics and society, as well as with Arab populations and governments
1. Who are the parties involved?
2. How does power affect responsibility for change, for peace?
3. How Israel’s relationship with Palestinians affects its relationships with Arab sovereign neighbors (Jordan, Egypt, etc), or Arab Israeli citizens (Bedouin, Druze, etc).
c. Background on Environmental situation (approx 3-5 pages)
i. Environmental movements in Israel
ii. “Greatest” environmental threats to Israel
1. Alon Tal, leader of the Megama Yarooka (Envrionmentalist Political Party) and founder of Machon Arava
iii. Acknowledgement of shared resources, shared dangers of misused resources
2. Water Politics Between Israel and Palestine (approx 13-24 pages)
a. Environment in War (approx 4-7 pages)
i. Water as a weapon
ii. Water/Land as victim
1. pollution from Israeli industry
2. pollution from poor infrastructure in Palestinian Territories
b. International and environmental laws (approx 5-10 pages)
i. Palestinian responsibility to, and protection under, said laws.
ii. Israeli responsibility to laws
1. Interim Agreement, Article 40 (legitimizing seizure land and aquifers)
c. Environment in Peace (approx 4-7 pages)
i. Water sharing plans for informal cooperation/cohabitation
ii. Informal equity possible to lead to autonomy, better trust-building for final status agreements
iii. International Arab involvement
1. Egypt, Turkey playing roles in water-related informal peace talks with Palestine, Syria and Israel shows understanding of need to share resources (both natural and infrastructural)
3. Conclusions (approx 5-15 pages?)
a. Personal Conclusions (approx 3-5 pages)
i. Final analysis of study (academic, field study, and ethnography)
ii. Thoughts for the future
1. Field Notes
2. Current reflections
b. Interviewees’ conclusions (approx 3-5 pages)
i. What have they done in the last year since our field study to further the cause, their knowledge, etc?
ii. Thoughts for the future of Israeli/Palestinian conflict and environment
Works already read/noted:
Edmunds, W.M. “Silent Springs: Groundwater Resources Under Threat.” Managing Water Resources. Ed.: Julie Trottier & Paul Slack. Oxford University Press 2004.
Daibes, Fadia. “Water-Related Politics and Their Legal Aspects – A Progressive Approach For Solving The Water Conflict.” Water in Palestine. Ed.: Fadia Daibes. Passia 2003.
Grover, Velma. “General Overview.” Water: Global Commons, Global Problems. Ed.: Velma Grover. Science Publishers. 2006.
Homer-Dixon, Thomas. Environment, Violence, and Scarcity. Princeton Publisher Press. 2001.
Jayyousi, Anan. “Water Supply & Demand Development in Palestine: Current Status and Future Prospects.” Water in Palestine. Ed.: Fadia Daibes. Passia 2003.
Nasser, Yousef. “Palestinian Water Needs and Rights in the Context of Past and Future Development.” Water in Palestine. Ed.: Fadia Daibes. Passia 2003.
Serageldin, Ismail. “Water Resource Management: A New Policy for a Sustainable Future.” Water Resources Development, Vol. 11, No. 3. 1995.
Trottier, Julie. “Water and Conflicts.” Managing Water Resources. Ed.: Julie Trottier & Paul Slack. Oxford University Press 2004.
Vinogradov, Sergei & Jones, Patricia & Wouters, Patricia. “Transforming Potential Conflict into Cooperation Potential: The Role of International Water Law.”PCCP Publications. 2003.
Works on Hand to possibly of use:
Chomsky, Noam. The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians. South End Press Collective 1999.
Cleveland, William L. A History of the Modern Middle East: third edition [chapters 13, 17, 18, 23]. Westview Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group 2004.
Gordon, Uri. Anarchy Alive! Pluto Press 2008.
Orr, Akiva. Israel: Politics, Myths, and Identity Crises. Pluto Press 1994.
Zeitoun, Mark. Power and Water in the Middle East: The Hidden Politics of the Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict. I.B. Taurus &co Ltd. 2008.