Israel weaponizes food to deprive Palestinians of rights — UN paper

Report also details violations against Jordan food, water resources

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Olive trees cut by Israel in Qaryout village, south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has published two papers stating that Israel has weaponized food to compel Palestinians to abandon their legitimate rights, according to Middle East Monitor.اضافة اعلان

The papers were prepared by the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) and outline the nature, degree, and impact of Israeli violence on Jordanian and Palestinian food systems.

The paper details tactics adopted by the Israeli occupation to use food as a weapon on Palestinians to make them dependent on Israel for sustenance. These tactics include "systematically uprooting trees, preventing Palestinians from accessing their lands, and then illegally confiscating fallow lands, in addition to routinely poisoning Palestinian water and soil".

Violating Jordan’s agricultural land, water resourcesWith regard to the situation in Jordan, the APN paper described an Israeli agenda to damage the Kingdom’s agricultural sector by setting fire to land in the Jordan Valley, which is the center of national food sovereignty.

The plan also includes expanding Israel's "hydro-hegemony over Jordan's water resources through different strategies such as over-pumping and diverting excess water for development projects as well as polluting the southern part of the river with agricultural waste".

These actions, according to the APN, "had a detrimental impact on Jordan's water resources, which is the second water-scarce country in the world in terms of annual water intake per capita".

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