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Israeli troops open fire at Gaza farmers harvesting wheat

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Israeli forces early Saturday opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma'an.

Locals said Israeli troops stationed in watchtowers near the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Younis shot at Palestinian farmers as they were harvesting wheat.

No injuries were reported.

Local Israel boycott part of Gaza’s “resistance mentality”

Joe Catron The Electronic Intifada 
3 March 2014
Agricultural organizations in the Gaza Strip are working with academic and other civil society groups to prepare for Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW).

Local events, as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, will run from Sunday, 9 March through Thursday, 13 March in the besieged coastal enclave.

Gaza farmers use herbal remedy to cure economic woes

Ibrahim Barzak                                                                                      

AL QARARA, GAZA STRIP // Gaza farmers have begun growing mint, basil and coriander, saying such herbs can serve as a remedy for some of the blockaded territory’s economic woes.

The economy has struggled since Hamas seized control in 2007, triggering severe restrictions on trade and movement by Israel and Egypt. More than 70 per cent of Gaza’s 1.7 million people receive humanitarian aid, and nearly 33 per cent are jobless.

Gaza fishers and farmers: nowhere to go

Kevin Neish

We had a meeting with some leaders in the Gaza commercial fishing industry, to hear their stories and see if or how we can assist them.

Fishermen in Gaza City (Photo by Kevin Neish)


Fishermen in Gaza City (Photo by Kevin Neish)


Gaza Strip fishers have historically been some of the poorest families here, especially as many are not refugees, and so do not receive UN assistance.  Their lot has been made that much worse with the attacks and restrictions imposed on them by the Israeli forces.  Since the July Egyptian coup, the Israelis have ignored the Nov 2012 ceasefire that was brokered by the previous Morsi Egyptian government.  There’s been a sad litany of recent violations against Palestinian fishers:

  • the arbitrary reduction of the fishing area from six nautical miles to five.
  • the Israelis are now holding weekly military exercises within Palestinian waters.  Yesterday morning activists watched as an Israeli gunboat cruised along, only 500 meters off the coast of Gaza City.

Israel exploits Egypt turmoil to increase attacks on Gaza farmers

Joe Catron The Electronic Intifada

12 September 2013



Israel continues to violate the terms of a 2012 ceasefire by attacking farmers in Gaza.

 (Eyad Al Baba /APA images)



Farming in the Gaza Strip’s “buffer zone” is hazardous under the best circumstances. Israeli troops routinely shoot live ammunition at Palestinian farmers in the free-fire area, which stretches hundreds of meters into the besieged territory from the barrier separating it and Israel, and invade their fields with tanks and bulldozers.

‘All we want is to farm our land peacefully’

Civilians in Gaza continue to suffer from Israel’s restrictive buffer zone

By Ghada Snunu

60-year-old Abu Te’mah, a farmer in Gaza, says there are parts of his land he cannot reach, despite Israeli announcements about easing the "buffer zone" after the November 2012 ceasefire. (Photo: Ghada Snunu)

Army Invades Central Gaza

[Tuesday August 6, 2013] Local sources have reported that several armored Israeli military vehicles and military bulldozers, carried out a limited invasion into the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and uprooted farmlands.


The sources said that six military bulldozers, accompanied by several jeeps, invaded the area, and fired several rounds of live ammunition before uprooting the lands. 

Farming in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip

Video by Gal-la Plus, 14 June 2013

Saber Al-Zaneen, coordinator of farmers in Beit Hanoun (north Gaza Strip), explains how difficult it is for famers to work in that area, the desproportional violence they have to face daily and the danger they are exposed with no reason.

Farming in Khuza’a, Gaza Strip

5th June 2013 | International Solidarity Movement, Gal·la | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

Farmers are working in Gaza buffer zone under threat of Israeli soldiers, tanks, bullets, etc. This video shows the difficulty of daily life for farmers in Khuza’a, south of Gaza Strip.

Israel’s War against Palestine on Fishing Rights


By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, April 29, 2013

Israel persecutes Palestinians many ways.  Collective punishment is prohibited. Fourth Geneva’s Article 33 states:

“No protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

“Pillage is prohibited.”

“Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.”