Does Israel deliberately flood Palestinian land? For many years, farmers in Gaza have complained about how sudden flows of rainwater have destroyed their crops. A recent report by the human rights group Al Mezan suggests the cause of many flooding incidents it has documented “cannot be natural.” Samir Zaqout, a representative of Al Mezan, said that the conclusion was based on what researchers from his organization have witnessed “on the ground” this year. Researchers, he added, had observed a “rush of water” behind the barrier separating Gaza from Israel following heavy rainfall. The water could then be seen entering Gaza from the Israeli side. “What we believe is that there are large water pools used for collecting rainwater [inside Israel] and when these pools are full, they release the water toward the Gaza Strip,” Zaqout said.
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