Israel Continues to Spray Crop-killing Chemicals on Gaza Farmlands; Cancer Fears

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Israeli planes have reportedly sprayed chemical substances on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip, killing off the crops in the already impoverished Palestinian territory.

Several farmers informed that Israeli planes had sprayed their lands with pesticides, in the area between (Kissufim, and Srij) east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Younis, according to Al Ray correspondence.

Witnesses pointed out that the Israeli occupation aircraft were spraying pesticides inside the border fence, and were hovering on low level .

The continuing Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is putting the lives of people at risk, taking a heavy toll on the enclave’s agriculture sector.

Farmers are struggling to meet growing demands of 1.8 million Gazans who are living in the tight grip of the Israeli siege. They face many challenges due to shortages in farming equipment and more importantly, approved pesticides.

Due to the decline in production and Israel’s ban on the entry of basic commodities, Gazan farmers have resorted to the use of banned chemical substances to maximize crop yield. This poses a serious health hazard to both farmers and their consumers.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has expressed concerns over the excessive use of toxic pesticides by Gaza farmers.

Many medical experts in Gaza are worried about a rise in the number of registered Gazan cancer patients, especially in the agricultural areas.

They warn that children are more susceptible to diseases, such as leukemia, than adults in such regions.

Related: Israeli Army Admits Destroying Crops in Gaza

The Gaza Strip has been under Israel’s blockade since June 2007. The crippling siege has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.

Israel launched its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July of last year. Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also injured.



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4 Responses

  1. Appalling to think that the U.S. supports and enables and permits this kind of behavior, in Gaza and in Flint.

    • Ironically:

      (1) Gaza has severe problems in obtaining potable water sources;

      (2) Flint has a sizeable Arab-American community – including Palestinian-Americans who have been affected by the contaminated water supply in that municipality.

  2. It is utterly disgusting that the US continues to be compliant in these horrible crimes against humanity. These Palestinians have suffered tremendously, and the zionists have done every evil thing in the book to make their lives intolerable. From massacres, to land theft, to blockades, to collective punishment, the burning and destruction of olive trees, the theft of water, and a brutal occupation that has lasted for more than half a century, the zionists have unleashed hell on the indigenous people, who were there long before the transgressors were dumped among these people.

    Israel keeps claiming the Palestinians want them wiped out, but actions show it is Israel that is actually in the process of wiping out the poor Palestinians (aided and abetted by the US).

  3. Ah, the linked article (“Israeli Army Admits Destroying Crops”) was clearer. Herbicide, intentional. : (

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