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Israel floods farmlands with rainwater in eastern Gaza

MEMO | January 22, 2021

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture announced on Thursday that Israel had vented its dams for rainwater harvesting, leading to the flooding of farmlands near the Gaza Strip’s eastern borders and the destruction of vast agricultural areas.

Israel has built several dams to collect and use rainwater and vents it without warning when large quantities of water accumulate during the winter, causing damage to the Gaza Strip’s farm and agricultural lands.

Ahmed Fatayer, director of the ministry’s branch in Gaza, disclosed that Israel: “Has opened the rainwater dams east of the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood in the east of the Gaza Strip, which led to flooding hundreds of dunams of agricultural land.”

In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Fatayer indicated that Palestinian farmers have suffered “great losses and direct and indirect damage” due to the sudden venting of dams.

He pointed out that Israel has been venting the dams and flooding agricultural land belonging to Palestinian citizens in recent years.

Salem Quta, one of the affected farmers, conveyed that the Palestinian landowners have suffered significant losses due to the flooding of their agricultural areas.

“About 400 dunams (one dunam equals 1,000 metres) were directly flooded with water, while 150 dunams were indirectly damaged by the flow of rainwater,” Quta told Anadolu Agency.

The farmer explained that the flooding of agricultural lands occurred when the crops he was growing during recent months were about to ripen.

Quta confirmed that in addition to flooding agricultural areas, Israel also: “Sprays chemical pesticides on the crops, which ends up destroying them, in addition to clearing the land.”

He called on human rights organisations and institutions to stand with the Palestinian farmers and support them to resist these violations.

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9 Comments »

  1. “Quta confirmed that in addition to flooding agricultural areas, Israel also: “Sprays chemical pesticides on the crops, which ends up destroying them, in addition to clearing the land.”

    There is no limit to the acts of Bastardry, that the Israeli’s won’t stoop to, to destroy the lives of the Palestinians(who are Semites, by the way)
    It seems that Israel can do anything it wants to the Palestinians, but, when someone criticises Israeli’s they are called Anti-Semites……weird Huh?

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 21, 2021 | Reply

  2. Yes, to the first comment. But, that is meant to silence, to intimidate.

    Israel and its partisans are at war, have been at war for over 75 years. One of the spoils they seek is to take by military might the land of what will be a “Greater Israel.” The war Israel and its partisans conducts is waged on many fronts, in many ways. One is referred to above: that war is to use fear of being called an anti-semite, to make calling the Zionist war something that can not be objectionable if it equates being done by all Jews.

    A false equation. But one that may come to pass if they themselves, the war mongers of Zionism, continue to equate it as such.

    Agreement and appreciation with calling the war on a defeated, occupied, imprisoned people “…acts of Bastardry…”

    It can and should be called worse. It deserves to be called worse. And, as to the equally false lie, that is to call the Zionist war mongering as such, trying to “delegitimize” it. A war of conquest for gain and spoil and land is not “legitimate”.

    It’s a warfare for gain and spoil and land by military means, and attempts to legitimize it is cant.

    Israel and its partisans are obviously winning their war. Their allies are as legitimate as Israel. A forced allegiance, a forced acceptance this witness repudiates.

    My soul will never join such a satanic demise. If “replies” such as this and the first above carry sway, then greetings and welcome.

    It may be too late to save the soul of the Zionists and its partisans, its adherents, but not too late to save the souls of those who see its vile actions.

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    Comment by michael | January 21, 2021 | Reply

  3. Goddam Zionist monsters. This makes me weep in helpless rage.

    Where is the effing UN? Where is “Dementia” Biden?

    Viva Palestine! Palestine, goddammit, Is Still THE Issue!

    Liked by 2 people

    Comment by roberthstiver | January 22, 2021 | Reply

    • “Where is the effing UN”?….. Israel, as I understand it, is only an ‘Observer’ at the UN. It is not a member, and therefore , is not bound by “UN Resolutions”(which regularly condemn its actions in Palestine). And, Israel’s “anaesthetised” donkey, the USA Govt, use their “VETO” in the Security Council, to protect Israel from “The Truth”.

      They’ve thought of everything, to protect themselves from International Law………

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 22, 2021 | Reply

  4. Genocidal megalomaniacs. But their day is coming. Nil desperandum.

    Liked by 3 people

    Comment by traducteur | January 22, 2021 | Reply

    • “Like!” But it is hard not to despair, given the monolith that has grabbed all good/decent people by the short hairs….

      Liked by 2 people

      Comment by roberthstiver | January 22, 2021 | Reply


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