Israel is using rats to drive Arab families out of their homes in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency Wafa has alleged.
“Rats have become an Israeli weapon to displace and expel Arab residents of the occupied Old City of Jerusalem,” it said in a report. “Over the past two months, dozens of (Jewish) settlers come to the alleyways and streets of the Old City carrying iron cages full of rats. They release the rats, which find shelter in open sewage systems,” it said.
Wafa quoted unnamed Arab residents as saying they had tried to eliminate the rats with various poisons, but to no avail.
Israel’s goal was to “increase the suffering of the [Arabs] in Jerusalem by turning their lives into a real tragedy and forcing them to evict their homes and leave the city,” Hasan Khater, secretary-general of Islamic-Christian Front in Jerusalem, said.
Municipality spokesman Gidi Schmerling dubbed the report a work of “pure fiction”, The Jerusalem Post said.