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Syrian farmers in the Occupied Golan sell cherries to Syria

May 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian farmers living under Israeli occupation have asked Israel to allow them to sell their cherries inside Syria.

Living under occupation means they can not travel to Syria or visit their families, and they certainly can’t send shipments of their produce into Syria. They are trapped under Israeli military rule and most of their land has been confiscated by illegal Israeli settler colonies.

But this year, they have produced an unusally large number of cherries. Selling them inside Israel, like normal, would flood the market and make prices lower for Jewish farmers.

So the Israeli government is allowing them (telling them?) to sell them in Syria.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds. They need permission from Israel’s Agriculture Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, and Finance Ministry first.

If it gets the go-ahead it will be co-ordinated with the UN, which will supervise the opening of the normally-closed Golan border crossing. Something similar has happened with Golani apple farmers for the past three years.

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  • 1 Rachamim Ben Ami // Aug 10, 2011 at 12.56 pm

    Sadly, even now as the Syrian Government shows its true colours you insist on demonising Israel. Farmers in the Golan have been selling apples, cherries and other produce in Syria for several years already and it has nothing to do with “Jewish Farmers.” Moreover, Golan residents have been able to visit relatives in Syria for nearly 2 decades now, when Syria allows it. You see, unlike Syria, Israel is a liberal democracy. Even as Syria murders its own people you cannot avoid tarring Israel. Shame on you.

  • 2 Sasa // Aug 10, 2011 at 1.01 pm

    That’s completely false. Israel prevents Syrians from travelling within their own country. Israel only permits one shipment of apples per year across the blue line, and it restricts visits to Syria to a handful of students and clergy.

    The crimes of the Syrian government do not absolve your country’s brutal military occupation of Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian land for the past two generations. Zionism is collapsing from within. And when the Arab world is free, life is going to get a lot more tough for your religious apartheid state.

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