Kibbutz sues state for land grabbing, claims iron dome radiation is hidden from them

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A kibbutz in southern Israel has filed a complaint against the defense establishment after the appropriation of land for an Iron Dome missile defense battery, while alleging that farmers were unknowingly exposed to severe heavy radiation for almost six years.

The lawsuit says the Israel Defense Forces installed the system on fields belonging to an unnamed kibbutz in 2012, but it was not until September 2017 that residents were made aware of the high levels of radiation emitted by the batteries. , the Ynet news site reported on Monday.

The kibbutz claims it was unable to cultivate part of its land but never received compensation and that the radiation caused damage to farming systems, which led to its claim of 4 , 5 million shekels (about 1.3 million dollars).

The kibbutz did not appear to be making any complaints about possible damage to health from the radiation.

An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system, designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells, in the southern Israeli town of Netivot, November 12, 2019 (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

“The trial has yet to be received by the defense establishment. When it does, it will be examined and answered as usual in court, ”the IDF and the Defense Ministry said in a statement to Ynet.

Over the past decade, the Iron Dome has been used extensively, particularly along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, to counter the threat of rockets and, in recent years, mortar shells, as well. only small drones.

Funded in part by the US government under the administration of former US President Barack Obama, the system completed its first real-world interception test on January 6, 2010 and was declared operational a year later.

Since then, it has made more than 2,400 successful interceptions, the Defense Ministry said in January. The system is estimated to have a success rate of over 85 percent.

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