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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Susan Phillips

Reader 2

Piya Chatterjee

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The objective of settler colonialism is, at its core, land domination and the continued subjugation of Indigenous people. I argue that this objective is achieved through four avenues of violence: consumption, extraction, manipulation of space, and severance from identity. By analyzing Palestinian resistance art, I examine the role of landscape manipulation, via destruction or creation of space, in perpetuating these four heralds of colonialism. I specifically focus on the cultural value of trees in occupied Palestine and the Israeli settler community, and the ways in which these trees have become weapons in an ongoing war of colonial design. By understanding the cultural tensions between Palestinian olive trees and Israeli aleppo pines, I draw larger conclusions about the indispensable role of ecology in settler colonialism.