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Israel: Farmers March For Their Lives

Published: Fri 16 Dec 2005 04:40 PM
Israel: Farmers March For Their Lives
On Sunday the 18th at 2:00 PM Farmers of the Tubas region will hold their second march to the Bardala checkpoint. This checkpoint has served as the only venue where Palestinian farmers could sell their produce to Israeli traders for distribution. For the last two weeks the checkpoint has been closed and the farmers produce has been left to rot.
Villagers from Tubas region own fertile agricultural land on which they depend as their only source of income.
Ahmed Sawaft Director of PARC (Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees) in Tubas warns: "If this closure continues it will mean an agricultural and economic disaster for the area."
The villages of Bardala, Ein Al Beda, Cardala and Wadi Al Malech are in an enclave in the Jordan Valley. The only entry and exit point to this enclave is the Tyaseer checkpoint. Anyone who is not registered on their Israeli-issued I.D. card as from these villages or has a limited-time permit is forbidden to enter by the Israeli military.
On Wednesday The 14th of December the farmers marched to the checkpoint with their produce. Journalists as well as International and Israeli supporters were denied access the area.

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