Who owns the water?

Hydropolitical Peacebuilding: Israeli-Palestinian water relations and the transformation of asymmetric conflict in the Middle East

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Gershon Baskin has advocated in favour of a transboundary framing of conceptual and practical solutions to the final status issues, including water governance.

Eric Abitbol

Eric Abitbol

Eric Abitbol recognizes that Israel has constructed and then intentionally pursued a relation of hydrohegemonic necessity with the Palestinians.

Abitbol claims that Gerhon Baskin’s IPCRI is a transboundary organisation for two principal reasons. Its management structure is such that there are two co-directors, one Israeli and one Palestinian. During the period covered by Abitbols research project, their co-directors were the Israeli Gershon Baskin and the Palestinian Hanna Siniora. Both are outspoken supporters of a two-state solution premised on, and enabling extensive relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Working towards this objective, they and their staff have advocated in favour of a transboundary framing of conceptual and practical solutions to the final status issues, including water governance.

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Eric Abitbol is an academic-practitioner in the field of environmental peacebuilding, housed in IPCR (International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and GEP (Global Environmental Politics) at American University. Specializing in Israeli-Palestinian relations, his recent work analyses the discursive practices of Israeli and Palestinian water practitioners, assessing hydropolitical peacebuilding, hydrohegemony and hydrohegemonic residues. He is currently sharing the leadership of a collaborative North-South research project intent on assessing the effects of Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA). He is also pursuing research on the constructions of sustainability as cultural violence, with specific reference to asymmetric conflict environments. Abitbol is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) at York University (Toronto, Canada) and is on the board of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.