Harvest of excrement: colonists in Occupied Territories pump sewage on to Palestinian farm land

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This is important. On Saturday night, the illegal Jewish colony of Gush Etzion in the occupied territories turned on pumps that sent thousands of liters of the colony’s raw sewage on to the farmland of the Palestinian village of Beit Ommar. It is documented above.

I would urge all readers to check out the Palestinian farmers who speak to the camera from 2:10 on or so. Look into their eyes and tell me that they are terrorists or fundamentalists or any of the other racist characterizations we are fed about Palestinians who wish to have political freedom. (No, they are being uprooted from their land. What would that do to you?)

From the Palestinian Solidarity project:

Thousands of liters of raw sewage from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement flooded over 50 dunams [12 acres] of Palestinian farmland in the village of Beit Ommar last night. The sewage was pumped from a storage unit inside the settlement onto the land of the Sabarna family, flooding trees and submerging a bulldozer.

As of 10 AM [Sunday the 17th] the water is still flooding. Today marks the fourth time this year that the settlement has dumped waste water onto the Sabarna’s land. The settlement emptied sewage onto their land in March, April and June, destroying the crops and costing the farmers thousands of shekels in lost income.

The flooding poses a major health hazard to the village residents. Members of the Awwad family, whose bulldozer was submerged, waded knee deep in the sewage to pull out the bulldozer, and ground soil contamination creates major health risks for local residents.

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