The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change

Weizman, Eyal and Sheikh, Fazal. 2015. The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change. Göttingen: Steidl. ISBN 9783958290358 [Book]

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The village of al-‘Araqib has been destroyed and rebuilt more than seventy times in the ongoing “battle over the Negev,” an Israeli state campaign to uproot the Palestinian Bedouins from the northern threshold of the desert. Unlike other frontiers fought over during the Israel-Palestine conflict, this one is not demarcated by fences and walls but by shifting climatic conditions. The threshold of the desert advances and recedes in response to colonization, cultivation, displacement, urbanization, and, most recently, climate change. In his response to Sheikh’s “Desert Bloom” series (part of Sheikh’s The Erasure Trilogy, published by Steidl), Eyal Weizman’s essay incorporates historical aerial photographs, contemporary remote sensing data, state plans, court testimonies, and nineteenth-century travelers’ accounts, exploring the Negev’s threshold as a “shoreline” along which climate change and political conflict are deeply and dangerously entangled.

"The Conflict Shoreline makes brilliant use of aerial and other photographs to trace the settler-colonial origins of the practices that made climate into a political tool in the hands of Zionists seeking to displace Bedouin tribes from their original homes in the land of Israel. There is much to learn from this book about 'climate change' as a profoundly colonial project." Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

In association with Cabinet Books, Brooklyn

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Translated to Hebrew as Kav Hamidbar, Sav Hasihsuh, Tel Aviv: Babel Books.


Israel-Palestine conflict, Al-Araqeeb, Negev

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Visual Cultures
Visual Cultures > Centre for Research Architecture


May 2015

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21 Mar 2017 14:45

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18 Mar 2021 12:09


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