Human rights teams have known as on Israel to cease spraying herbicides alongside the Gaza border – a observe that’s blamed for destroying Palestinian crops and inflicting well being issues. RT spoke with a farmer affected by the coverage.
Dubbed “farm warfare” by critics, Israeli authorities insist that they solely spray Israeli crops with herbicides, however Palestinian farmers dispute this declare. Others have prompt that winds carry the harmful chemical substances, together with glyphosate (which has been banned in lots of international locations on account of fears that it causes most cancers), throughout the Gaza border into Palestinian territory. The most recent case of “farm warfare” reportedly passed off in December.
Ahmed Badawi, a Palestinian farmer, instructed RT that his crops have been repeatedly contaminated and ruined by the uninvited herbicide sprayings.
“We don’t know what to do. It’s the identical factor again and again, yearly,” he mentioned.
Their spraying ruins all of the vegetation within the neighborhood, and leaves nothing for us to reap alongside the border. It additionally poisons individuals [and] makes them sick.
Badawi argued he has obtained no aid from the Israeli authorities. In distinction, there are circumstances the place Israeli farmers affected by the spraying have been compensated for his or her losses, Samir Zaqout, from the Al Mezan Middle for Human Rights, instructed RT.
“That’s what we’re asking for Palestinian farmers on each side of the border. They need to be handled equally.”
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