Julie Webb-Pullman reports

Israel fires on Buffer Zone farmers, international journalists

28 November 2012

Today I went with Ministry of Agriculture reserachers, international activists and international journalists to the Gaza Buffer Zone at Juhrardeek to accompany a farmer to his fields.

AhmadHassan Badawi’s farm was attacked durin g the recent Israeli offensive, and his poultry farm destryed by shells from israeli tanks, which killed his 3,200 chickens. He is left only with his field crops, and some olive tress and flowers.

Of his 50 dunnums of land (1 dunnum = 1,000 sq m) Ahmad is only able to access 30, due to Israel declaring the rest of his land part of the buffer zone, and shooting him and his family if they try to farm it.

The slide show displays the quite large group of foreigners accompanying the researchers and farmers towards the fence, and the Israei response – this, after a caesefire agreement in which farmers are supposedly guaranteed access to their lands.

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One of Ahmad’s sons has already been shot in the leg – they told us that the only difference our presence makes is that Israel uses warning shots when foreigners are present, otherwise it shoots straight at them.

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