On March 4, in the early morning hours, two crop-dusting planes flew over the Negev Hills, spraying field crops with a toxin that caused them to wither and die. Ten people, most of them children, inhaled the substance and required medical treatment.
The farmers whose crops were sprayed are Bedouin who have been living in the region for generations. They say damage was done to thousands of dunams of farmland that they have cultivated as far back as they can remember. These farmers are Israeli citizens who have been living in unrecognized villages since the establishment of the state. Israel has never come to any agreement with them regarding ownership rights and registry of the land.
occupation watch: sprayed fields and home demolitions
From Ha'aretz - a partial listing of some of the tactics used by the IDF against innocent civilians' livelihoods in 2002. Example:
Posted by Aziz P. at 3/27/2003 07:51:00 AM