Tagged: Agriculture

Israeli Navy Shoots and Injures Gaza Fisherman, Bulldozers Level Land Near Border News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Navy Shoots and Injures Gaza Fisherman, Bulldozers Level Land Near Border

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli naval ships opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat sailing off the coast of the northwestern Gaza Strip Tuesday morning, injuring a fisherman who was on board. A Gaza-based human rights organization which monitors Israeli attacks on fishermen told Ma’an that a fisherman was hit in the hand and was taken to a hospital for treatment...

on July 19, 2016
First Mushroom Farm in Palestine Ends Israel’s Monopoly News Roundup
Dalia Hatuqa, Al Jazeera

First Mushroom Farm in Palestine Ends Israel’s Monopoly

Tucked away amid the palm trees in one of the world's oldest cities, an unadorned white warehouse sits on a dusty plot of land. Inside, air conditioners hum as workers hover over elevated beds of dirt. They methodically pick out the pearly white domes peeking out from the compost as a strip of neon lights shines overhead.

on June 16, 2016
A Night At Sea With the Fishermen of Gaza News Roundup
Charlotte Alfred, The Huffington Post

A Night At Sea With the Fishermen of Gaza

When Israel’s navy last month expanded the area where Palestinians are allowed to sail off the coast of the Gaza Strip, fishermen hoped for the catch of the decade. Photographer Jehad Seftawi accompanied some of them on April 3 as they ventured more than six nautical miles off the coast for the first time since 2006.

on May 5, 2016
Gaza Sewage Spill Floods Farmland News Roundup
Fares Akram, Associated Press

Gaza Sewage Spill Floods Farmland

Gaza rescue crews tried to salvage livestock and produce on Wednesday after a sewage reservoir collapsed, flooding about 25 acres (10 hectares) of farmland in a new sign of the worsening water and sewage crisis in the Hamas-run territory. Residents said about 40,000 cubic meters (10.5 million gallons) of raw sewage poured out of the reservoir on Tuesday and flooded the Sheikh Ejleen neighborhood in southern Gaza City in just 15 minutes.

on May 4, 2016
Palestinians Create Seed Bank to Save Their Farming Heritage in the Holy Land’s Hills News Roundup
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian

Palestinians Create Seed Bank to Save Their Farming Heritage in the Holy Land’s Hills

In the rocky hills of the Palestinian West Bank, farmers learned long ago how to adapt to extremes of climate that make spring the shortest season. In a part of the world where agriculture was first practised, they found crops that could survive even if watered only by the occasional rain storm.

on April 23, 2016
The Palestinian Farmers Battling Border Restrictions and Lack of Water News Roundup
Tom Joyce, The Guardian

The Palestinian Farmers Battling Border Restrictions and Lack of Water

How produce from the West Bank should be labelled – be it from Israeli-occupied or Palestinian territories – has become a highly controversial issue. Yet the daily obstacles facing Palestinian farmers in the West Bank are probably less well known. Whether their produce is destined for overseas consumers or for the 4.68 million Palestinians split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip...

on April 12, 2016
Israeli Police Uproot, Burn Olive Tree Saplings in East Jerusalem News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli Police Uproot, Burn Olive Tree Saplings in East Jerusalem

Israeli forces on Wednesday morning uprooted and burned 47 olive tree saplings that were planted in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan last month to mark the 40th anniversary of Land Day. Majdi al-Abbassi, a spokesperson for the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, said Israeli police and intelligence officials stormed a tract of land in Silwan's Ras al-Amud area...

on April 6, 2016
Child Labour: Palestinian Teenagers ‘Work for $18 Per Day’ on Israeli Settlements News Roundup
Matthew Vickery, International Business Times

Child Labour: Palestinian Teenagers ‘Work for $18 Per Day’ on Israeli Settlements

Despite his young age Yazan has already been working full-time for a year – he started work when he turned 14 and works five days a week, eight hours a day, carrying out the back-breaking work. The farm the child works on is part of the Israeli settlement of Tomer, a mass of pristine red-tiled homes and lush green farms accompanied by row upon row of polytunnels.

on March 14, 2016
Jordan Valley Settlers Took 150 Acres From Palestinians in 2015 News Roundup
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

Jordan Valley Settlers Took 150 Acres From Palestinians in 2015

During 2015, Jordan Valley settlements appropriated 600 dunams (150 acres) of Palestinian farmland in an area that is off-limits to Palestinians for “security reasons.” After the West Bank was occupied in 1967, the Israel Defense Forces issued Military Order 151, which prohibits Palestinians from entering the area between the border fence and the Jordan River.

on February 29, 2016
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