Farm warfare: How Israel uses chemicals to kill crops in Gaza: The purpose of herbicides is to enable farmers to grow produce, but Israel is quietly using them to do just the opposite in the Strip — in the name of security | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Farm warfare: How Israel uses chemicals to kill crops in Gaza: The purpose of herbicides is to enable farmers to grow produce, but Israel is quietly using them to do just the opposite in the Strip — in the name of security

Photographs of military armored vehicles uprooting and crushing trees and vegetation within the Gaza Strip are not foreign to Israelis, but what is less widely known is that since 2014 Palestinian fields are also being razed through the use of herbicides sprayed from the air — as first publicized by the website 972. Officially, the spraying is only done on the Israeli side of the fence, but as Palestinian farmers on the other side, along with the Red Cross, have testified, the resulting damage can be seen deep inside Palestinian territory.

“The air spraying is carried out only over the territory of the State of Israel, along the security obstacle on the border of the Gaza Strip,” the Defense Ministry told Haaretz. “It is carried out by legally approved spraying companies, in accordance with the provisions of the Plant Protection Law, 5716-1956 and the regulations thereunder, and is identical to the aerial spraying carried out throughout the State of Israel.”

The IDF Spokesman said, “The spraying is done using standard material used in Israel and in other countries, which causes existing vegetation to wither and prevents the growth of weeds. The spraying is carried out near the fence and does not cross into the Gaza Strip.”

However, the standard material used in Israel is intended to assist farmers to grow their cash crops. In Gaza, it’s destroying crops.

M., 67, a resident of the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, inherited some 60 dunams (15 acres) of land east of the city. He leases out most of it, he told Haaretz, and some 30 farmers make a living from it. This year he noticed the crop dusters while on his land, in early February and early March. He was under the impression that they were spraying inside Gaza territory. That’s also what H, another farmer from Shujaiyeh, who cultivates 19 dunams, thought when he saw the spray planes in early January.

This could have been an optical illusion, as both the Defense Ministry and the IDF insist the spraying is only done in Israeli territory. “Flight regulations forbid us to fly over Gaza territory,” a civilian aviation source stressed. But the damage that was done to the crops of both Shujaiyeh farmers immediately after the sprayings they witnessed was very real. M. estimates that he suffered $7,000 in losses, while H. puts his losses at $10,000. The two hoped to get compensation from the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry, whose representatives came to assess the damage, but they got nothing. Both say that they also suffered damage from spraying in 2015 and in 2017.

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