A letter from Andrew White of www.beyondimages.info, some of Israel’s high-level contributions to meeting the global environmental challenge.
Israel and the global environmental challenge
Last week, the UK Green Party passed a resolution calling for a wide-ranging boycott of Israel. The Greens campaign on environmental issues generally, chiefly global warming.
The Green’s move is absurd for the same reason that any boycott motion against Israel is absurd:
- it reflects a totally one-sided view of a complex conflict;
- it does nothing to promote coexistence and dialogue;
- it emboldens the [fundamentalist] Islamist mindset and rejectionism;
- it reflects double-standards, and is completely counter-productive.
(See Beyond Images Briefing 30, on the proposed academic boycott of Israel, in which we summarised these and several other arguments).
But there’s a strong additional reason why the Green Party’s move is absurd.
Israel is contributing significantly to worldwide efforts to counter climate change:
- Israel’s solar energy sector is pioneering, and having an increasing international impact
- Israel is at the forefront of the international drive to combat so-called ‘desertification’ – the steady spread of deserts and the destruction of farmland and forests
- The UN General Assembly recently adopted a milestone resolution on agricultural development which was sponsored by Israel, and which promotes environmentally friendly agricultural practices internationally, including many devised in Israel
- Israel’s university research labs are leading the way in clean energy research and innovation
- Israeli companies are deeply involved in introducing energy-efficient technologies for powering vehicles, factories and other infrastructure
- Israeli start-up companies such as Water Sheer as well as the national water carrier Mekorot are championing new methods of recycling waste water. They are helping to spread the know how to provide clean drinking water for the world’s poor and vulnerable, again with major environmental and human benefits
- There are many grass-roots, citizens’ initiatives in Israel (including joint Israeli-Palestinian projects) which promote environmental awareness and changes of lifestyle
There’s plenty more which Israel is doing to help the green revolution on its way.
That’s the country which the Greens have just voted to boycott…