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Green Energy Colonialism in the Occupied Syrian Golan Heights

Wael Tarabieh, Muna Dajani

Photo: An Israeli wind farm located south of Quneitra in the Golan Heights. (Shutterstock)
Interviewed by Malihe Razazan
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Renewable, clean sources such as solar and wind energy have become an important part combatting the climate crisis and its impacts, but can we divorce the environmentally friendly technologies from the conditions under which these are developed and implemented? And what happens when renewable energy development becomes synonymous with colonial expansion and political repression?

Israel’s feverish plans to build the largest onshore wind farm in the occupied Golan Heights are a good example of why the conversation about a decarbonized economy may not be abstracted from considering prevailing power structures and systems of oppression including colonialism.


Wael Tarabieh
Wael Tarabieh

Artist and co-founder of Al-Marsad focused on the rights of Syrians in the occupied Golan.

Wael Tarabieh, the co-founder of al-Marsad, The Arab Centre for Human Rights in the Golan Heights is an independent, not-for-profit international human rights organisation located in Majdal Shams, in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The centre was founded in October 2003 by a group of lawyers and professionals in the fields of law, health, education, journalism and engineering, along with human rights defenders and other interested community members.



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Muna Dajani
Muna Dajani

Environmental researcher, activist and a member of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.

Muna Dajani's research aims to identify the link between identity, resilience and farming under belligerent occupation, where farming acquires political subjectivity as a form of cultural resistance. Her research interests are environmental politics, community-led resource management, and social impacts of climate change.

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