Environmental Terrorism

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Abstract

Drawing inspiration from the principles of postcolonial ecocriticism, this research investigates the correlation that Mourid Barghouti constructs in his autobiographical novel I Saw Ramallah (2003) between the occupied Palestinians and their exploited environmental and natural world. This essay contends that the novel presents a comprehensive perspective that necessitates an appreciation of the interconnectedness between the national and bioecological struggles and resistance of the colonized people. Nature serves as a source of inspiration and resistance. In this context, the Palestinians’ fight against the loss of their land and identity is concurrently a resistance against the exploitation of their environment; thus, the Palestinians’ connection with their natural environment represents a form of attachment and resistance. This research advances the main postcolonial ecocritical claim that the natives’ existence is inextricably linked to the survival of their environment. Through depictions of the natural and environmental worlds, the author conveys his feelings about the environment, demonstrating the principle of human-ecosystem interconnectedness and revealing the environmental consciousness that permeates the narrative. Thus, an examination of the novel demonstrates the principles of the critical intersection of ecocriticism and postcolonialism.