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Peace activists try to protect Palestinian farmers during harvest

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Palestinian farmers have come under fire from the Israeli armed forces along the border between the Gaza Strip and southern Israel. The Zionist state has stepped up its threats against farmers who approach the border, regardless of their reason for doing so. Even those whose land is close to the border have come under fire as they harvest their crops.

Although complaints have been lodged with the relevant authorities, Israeli forces opened fire on farmers last week causing a number of casualties. Reports confirm that the Palestinians who were wounded were simply farmers wishing to carry out their jobs.


The situation has prompted weekly protest marches near the border; participants include peace activists as well as protesters from the group known as Filistineyen. A number of activists who arrived in Gaza by ship to help break the Israeli siege of the territory have helped farmers to harvest their wheat crop in the hope that this will provide them with some degree of protection. Experience shows, however, that the Israeli forces have no qualms about shooting anyone who they feel is a “threat” to themselves or their border.

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MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad

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