Greenwashing the Naqab

Some questions in the Palestinian context reveals a reality that is anything but sunny. On both sides of the Green Line, in Area C of the occupied West Bank and the Naqab region within 1948 borders, the Israeli solar energy industry serves to fortify the ongoing colonization of Palestinian land, while raking in huge profits for private corporations. As one Israeli company illegally operating in the West Bank put it, “Sun is Money”. The fine print, had there been any, should have read: For Jewish Israelis only; Palestinians need not apply. Palestinian communities, often living within view of an Israeli commercial solar field, are structurally barred from tapping into the potential of solar energy production on their own land, left to witness their wealth in annual sunshine and radiation levels generating their poverty by nourishing the prosperity of the Israeli economy.
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