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Questioning The Ecological Impact of the Security Barrier

The JTA reports,

Noa Olchovsky, campaign coordinator on the fence for Green Action, an Israeli environmental group that advocates “socio-ecological change,” said the proposed border zone threatens Israel’s ecological system.

“What will tear the ecological system is the separation fence itself,” she said. “Animals won’t be able to get from the places they sleep to the places they drink water. Trees and plants won’t be able to reproduce themselves properly, because their seeds won’t be carried by the wind more than 8 meters in one direction. In a few years, certain species of animals and plants in the region will be extinct.”

Gee, and all the human lives the fence will save just means more people draining more natural resources too! How many species must die so that ours may continue to thrive?!

Good grief. If you couldn’t tell, I was being sarcastic. Though I guess in a way I wasn’t…

14 thoughts on “Questioning The Ecological Impact of the Security Barrier

  1. The ‘fence’ shouldn’t have been built in the first place and I really do feel the ecological damage.
    The ‘targeted killings’ achieved with several dozen hellfire missiles and sayeret matkal special ops what the fence never attempted to do – stop Palestinian terrorist planning at the source. Drying up the Palestinian swamp was/is much easier in this case than putting up a doorscreen/barrier.
    The fence was a populist issue from the beginning that didn’t care about the environment, Palestinian farming, cost ratio, precedent setting. etc… The ‘suicide losers’ virtually never had to traverse Israeli countryside to get to the cities, they went through the main highways and roadblocks the same way the illegal ‘workers’ do today. Just now, the quality of leadership is much lower and so is motivation thanks to destroying suicide losers’ houses.

  2. Nice way of putting it.
    Since the ‘last’ suicide massacre at the port of Ashdod in April, only 16 civilians have been killed and 13 soldiers. Small change and a great improvement of our security, hip-hip-hooray.
    Of course, if you live outside of Israel, you might not have heard about most or even some of those 29 dead Israelis, and even within Israel, it gets brushed under the carpet quite fast.

  3. It’s time for Palestinian leadership, such as it is, to stop their stupid and futile war, return to negotiations and get on with their national life. And maybe it’s even time for the peace-human rights movements in the West (such as they are) to clue them in on it.

  4. I think the theory behind the geder is one of inertia. Sure, everyone is opposed to it right now, but once it’s up, it’ll be…well, a big concrete barrier, for the most part. That is, once it is in place, it will be very easy to say “this side is Israel, that side is Palestine. Pack your bags, ladies and gentleman, and pick a side. We expect the Palestinian government to treat any Jews living in their country fairly and equally. Goodbye, and send are regards to the Arab Leauge.” etc. Natural barriers are the best, and lacking those, a constructed one fills in nicely. A powerful story, however false, can sway minds, just as a strong wall, however arbitrary its location, can do the same.
    As for the enviroment, that sucks, but one could contrast this with the fact that Israel had a net gain in trees last century, the only country ON EARTH to do so, and that was despite Palestinians torching JNF forrests. Propaganda? Maybe. True? Yes.

  5. Josh,
    I wasn’t remotely trying to minimize the continuing toll suffered by Israelis. However, the fence was designed to offer a certain measure of protection to those on one side against the murderous intentions of those on the other side. To that extent it seems to be working. More importantly, while people are still cautious and security abounds, I sensed a return of a certain measure of normalcy, even in places like Jerusalem. King George and Jaffa remains quiet but Hillel, Shlom Tziyon Malka, Ben Yehudah and Kikar Tziyon are verrily rocking. People seem a lot less nervous on the busses too. Seeing the fence and what it implies pains me, but much less so than the sight of severed limbs tossed about willy nilly by the force of a suicide bomber’s explosives belt.

  6. Hmm … where does the Green Zionist Alliance stand on this one, I wonder?
    (The GZA was apparently headed by a Rabbi Michael Cohen, whose digits are here. The story behind the GZA would be an interesting one to hear, for those enterprising journalists among us…)

  7. EMTZAlex,
    just to correct a common misunderstanding – only a very small part of the ‘fence’ is made up of the photogenic concrete wall. Most of the fence IS only really a barbed wire tipped fence.
    CK,
    if anything, I’ll admit that the fence’s greatest impact is purely psychological on both sides; The tabloid-fed Israelis think that it is an impervious barrier (without reporting the daily hopping over the fence of ‘workers’ and of daily ISM/leftist ‘protests’) and the Palestinians are really freaked out about being closed up inside the ‘territories’ which they don’t want in the first place. ‘Negotiating’ final status borders was always an illusion Israelis sold themselves. The Palestinians have virtually no claim to Yesha and actually want the coastal plain.

  8. Uh, what about when Hadrian’s wall and the Great Wall of China functioned to keep people out: did they have the same crazy environmentalists?

  9. DPI,
    History doesn’t happen all at once. And Hadrian and the 7th Century BCE Chinese didn’t have to deal with the rate of extinction we have today.
    PS: Kohelet 3:19

  10. Couldn’t there be some kind of ecological solution? What if Israel built watering holes on both sides of the fence, and took care of whatever other problems there were? Ideally, man leaves the environment alone. Realistically, we can sometimes fix the mess we make. This seems like one of those times.

  11. I wonder what kind of flora and fauna we are worrying about here exactly. Clearly the cross-pollenation isn’t a problem insects and pollen can make it through fencing and wire or even a solid wall (they are not building it up to the SKY are they?)
    On the animal front, I’m not sure but I don’t think there is a whole lot of wild life IN that area except maybe those flying roaches and the occasional one-eyed mangy cat.
    I care about the environment but this seems like just more of the same PC BS in a new format.

  12. Why don’t you enlighten me Zionista?
    If you know something about the ecosystem in that area I’d be happy to learn.

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