“They told me Gazan livestock traders were not allowed to import donkeys. I was shocked. I still can’t import them; my [import] permit to enter Israel expired, and I can’t renew it to date without any obvious reasons,” Alnadi said while feeding cows. He trades cows, sheep and donkeys he imports from Israel to sell them in Gaza. He said Gaza imported 500 donkeys last year.
According to local traders, the ban went into effect in December 2021 after an Israeli nongovernmental organization claimed that donkeys were transported from Israel to Gaza to China through Egypt to benefit the skin and meat industries.
Gaza’s Agriculture Ministry knew about the ban from the media last month, according to Fayez Alshaikh, head of the ministry’s media and public relations.
“All those claims are baseless. We don’t slaughter donkeys in Gaza. We import for the local market. Their prices now are significantly increased,” Alnadi added.