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ABSTRACT: Environmental justice is defined in a broader sense as, ‘‘The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.’’ In view of this definition, it is fair to say that no nation can achieve sustainable development if it lacks environmental justice. Sustainability or sustainable development is defined as, ‘‘The development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.’’ Accordingly, it is really difficult to maintain sustainable development without having environmental justice. The acts of many governments (particularly those of industrial countries) have, unfortunately, resulted in poisoning of communities and lands, and in genocides of peoples and the environment. As we are concerned here with the environmental status in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), it is important to focus on the injustices and oppressions practiced by the state of Israel and its successive governments, army, settlers, and industries against the environment in Palestine. This article sheds light on the issues of environmental justice (injustice) and sustainable (unsustainable) development in the OPT, in view of the Israeli violations of international law and international treaties, as well as the local and regional agreements related to the environment. Israel, since it occupied the Palestinian territories in June 1967, has committed what is believed to be racism and genocide against the environment and its constituents (land, soil, water, air, and biodiversity). In view of the above, certain principles of environmental justice should be universally affirmed and adopted, taking into account the tremendous violations of the Israeli authorities against the environment in the OPT, in particular, and in Historic Palestine, in general. Keywords: Mother Earth, sustainable development, environment, environmental justice and principles, environmental injustices and destruction, environmental racism and genocide, Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, Historic Palestine, and Israel and its apartheid system FOR CITATION: Salem, Hilmi S. (2019). No sustainable development in the lack of environmental justice.. Environmental Justice, 12(3): 140-157. DOI: 10.1089/env.2018.0040 https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/env.2018.0040 and https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330847246_No_Sustainable_Development_in_the_Lack_of_Environmental_Justice

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This paper has investigated the environmental deterioration in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, resulted from the Israeli occupation since June 1967. Based on the evidences provided in the paper, it can be concluded that no sustainable development can be achieved in the presence of great damage to the environment, including air- water- and soil-pollution, as the whole world is currently concerned about environmental sustainability.


The Author has tried in this paper to define many aspects related to both areas: environmental justice and sustainable development, from which he reached the conclusion that no sustainable development can be reached in the lack of environmental justice.

Prof. Dr. Hilmi S. Salem

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This page is a summary of: No Sustainable Development in the Lack of Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice, June 2019, Mary Ann Liebert Inc,
DOI: 10.1089/env.2018.0040.
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