Violent Jewish Settlers in Hebron Poison Palestinians’ Animals, Land and Water

Violent Jews have poisoned cropland, wells, and spread poisoned seeds in order to kill the livestock of Palestinians. This is not the only incident, either. These Gentile-hating Jews do not care for any life but that of other Jews. It takes a psychopathic personality to poison animals. Of course, Jews don’t consider Gentiles to be true humans, believing that Gentiles are simply soulless beasts, simply chattel without a living soul, with no redeeming value, inherently evil. That’s demented enough, but poisoning animals? Yes. They will stop at nothing to steal the land and resources of Palestine, even if they have to make it unusable.

Violent Jewish settler colonists resort to poison

farmers examine sheep - maybe poisoned by violent jews
Palestinian farmers examine sheep to see if they have been poisoned by violent Jews

Mahmood Hamandi thanks God that nobody in his family has been victim of the settlers’ violence. However, his family, as well as the whole village — of which Mahmood is the Mukhtar — have been greatly affected by the settlers’ activities. In late March, goats and sheep began to mysteriously die. The shepherds found out that blue seeds had been spread out in the fields where they usually walk their herd. The seeds were sent to Birzeit University to be analysed, where they were revealed to be fluoroacetamide-poisoned cereals. [see below]

Violent Jewish settler colonists spread poisoned seeds
Violent Jewish settler colonists spread poisoned seeds

This incident was the subject of a joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/United Nations Environment Programme report that stated that this poison is only produced in Israel and is illegal in many other countries because of its acute toxicity to both man and animals. In Israel it can only be obtained with a special permit (report pdf) and for specific uses. However, according to both villagers and organizations based in the area, the shepherds’ complaints have not yet been followed up by the police.

Half of Mahmood’s flock died the next month in another incidence of poisoning, a loss that is estimated at NIS120,000, a devastating cost in this impoverished community. In the village, most residents inhabit old caves or unsanitary tents as all cement houses in the area have been subjected to demolition orders. The villagers’ livelihood comes from the harvesting of cereals and the raising of their sheep. They have been recognised by the World Bank as being among the poorest people in the West Bank.

Despite the scientists’ warning to the contrary, villagers cannot afford to stop eating the cheese produced from their flock’s milk. Similarly, they have no choice but to drink the contaminated well water as the village is not connected to running water and electricity. Nor can they stop sending their children to school, though this too has become a dangerous task.

Birzeit University’s Center for Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (CEOHS) determined the chemical makeup of a very poisonous material dumped by Israeli settlers in and around the village of Tawani in Yatta, Hebron.

Events started on March 22, 2005 when Palestinian villagers noticed some Israeli settlers from the settlement of Ma’on placing small piles of green-dyed cereal in grazing fields over an extended area of about 20 dunums. A number of sheep died in a matter of hours which led the villagers to complain to a number of parties including the Hebron Governor’s Office. On turn, Mr. Hamed Qawasmeh, the Public Relations Officer at the Governor’s Office, contacted CEOHS and supplied them with a sample of the poison to determine its content and take the necessary steps to contain its effect. After analyzing the sample it was determined that its chemical makeup is Floroactamide, a very poisonous material manufactured only in Israel by two small factories. The material is internationally forbidden and can be used only after getting the permission of the Israeli government and only to kill rats in the sewage system.

Dr. Ramzi Sansur, Director of CEOHS, indicated that 5 milligrams of this substance was enough to kill 1 kilogram of living organisms and that any human contact with this substance can be fatal. Moreover, he indicated that it is very soluble and that it could poison both water and vegetation sources. Dr. Sansur also called upon the International Community for immediate intervention to stop Israel and its settlers from poisoning Palestinian territories and other crimes against humanity.

Hebron Governor’s Office held a press conference headed by Governor Areef Jabari to bring forth the issue to the international community’s attention on Tuesday April 5, 2005. The press conference was attended by Dr. Sansour from CEOHS, heads of the Department of Health and agriculture in Hebron, members of the Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT), Operation Dove, Ta?ayoush, most of the residents of the village of Twani as well as by local, national and international press agencies and journalists. Dr. Sansur presented the findings of the analysis and stressed its dangers as he appealed to the international community for immediate technical and financial support for the residents of al Tawani and the CEOHS as testing for such poisonous material is very expensive. Governor Jabari indicated that this crime is only a ring in a continuous chain of settler attacks in a number of areas of Hebron (Al Bweira, Al Beqa, the Old City, Qawasis, and Wad Al Husain) using physical beatings, spraying harmful chemicals [and actual sewage] and not allowing Palestinians to harvest their crops. Experts on the matter gave their technical advice to the residents of the al Tawani village residents who in turn expressed their gratitude for all those who attended the conference and stressed that despite all of the human rights violations perpetrated against them by the Israeli occupation and its illegal settlers, they would remain steadfast in their resolve to remain on their land.

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