Israeli Apartheid & the Climate Crisis


Recorded on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

featuring Jessica Anderson (Visualizing Palestine), Khalil Abu Yahia (Gaza-based scholar), and Manal Shqair (Stop the Wall Campaign) with Dr. Sarah Anne Minkin (FMEP)

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As evidence of the current & future climate crisis continues to mount, join FMEP and key activists & researchers as we look at the dynamics of climate change for Palestinians. How do the realities of apartheid in Israel/Palestine, and additionally Israel’s siege and recurring bombardment of Gaza, affect Palestinians’ access to clean water, sustainable land, consistent electricity, and food security? What bearing do these Israeli-imposed environmental limitations have on Palestinians’ ability to stay on their land? And what does “climate justice” mean, and what could it look like for Palestinians? 

See below for panelist bios and resources shared during the webinar. 


Jessica Anderson is Deputy Director of Visualizing Impact (VI), a team dedicated to creating data-led, visual stories for social justice. Visualizing Palestine, VI’s first and largest project, has formed the core of Jessica’s work as a researcher, writer, and project manager since 2013. Most recently, she initiated “Between a Rising Tide and Apartheid,” VP’s series on environmental justice in Palestine released in January 2022. She has also been involved in projects related to digital rights and freedom of expression. 

Khalil Abu Yahia is an academic writer and researcher in Postcolonial, literary and cultural studies. He is a Gaza-based English teacher at the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education. He holds a  Master in Arts (translation, narration and decolonization), BA in English literature, and a diploma in public policies and strategic thinking. He has participated in international events worldwide and has written and co-written various pieces about several issues; the last one was about climate justice in Palestine. He has also been involved in community oral history and drama in education.

Manal Shqair is a climate activist, researcher and the international advocacy officer of Stop the Wall Campaign, Palestine. She tweets @shqair_manal


Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships. She is an expert on the intersection between Israeli civil society and Palestinian civil rights and human rights advocacy as well as the ways that Jewish Americans approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She leads FMEP’s programming, works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees, and builds relationships with new partners in the philanthropic community. She is an affiliated faculty member at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies. She tweets @saminkin.


Please follow our participants: 

On Water Apartheid, from Stop the Wall: 

On environmental degradation in Gaza: 

On the Black Goats: 

On Toxic Occupation

On JNF and on the Naqab/Negev

On Colonial Extraction

On Climate Justice