Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
A Palestinian Authority resident picks tomatoes at a farm in Rafah in southern Gaza on November 23, 2016. The tomatoes are exported to Israel.

Gaza tomato farmers are working their fields to gather in a burgeoning harvest this year for export to Israel.

The vegetables are trucked into the Jewish State via the land crossing with Gaza, where local merchants import their own goods on a daily or weekly basis.


It is not unusual for Israeli consumers to be unaware of where their produce comes from, and few know that some of their finest vegetables — in particular, their tomatoes — may in fact come from Gaza.

The arrangement was agreed upon years ago between the IDF Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Palestinian Authority and local farmers and business owners as a way to increase healthy cooperation between Israel and residents in the enclave.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.