While People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has no problem comparing meat-eaters to Nazis in their “Holocaust in your plate” campaign, it refuses to condemn Muslims in Gaza for setting animals on fire and using them as weapons of war. Hamas will stop at nothing in its effort to destroy Israel, even at the cost of abusing defenseless animals.
UnitedWithIsrael Hamas displayed cruel animal abuse when it harnessed incendiary materials to a falcon and sent it toward Israel, marking a new development in the terror group’s arson terrorism against Israel’s south.
Gilad Gabai, an Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) ranger, discovered the bird on Monday near Nahal Habesor with the flammable materials tied to its tail. The bird was dead, after apparently igniting a fire nearby.
Gabai told IDF Radio on Tuesday that “animals are already being burned as a result of the fire kite and balloon terrorism. Now we see that they [Hamas] have moved on to using animals as a weapon. This is very distressing.” “Apparently it’s not enough to destroy nature with kites, now falcons are being used for terror as well,” the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories said.
INPA is considering the possibility of filing a complaint – under the appropriate international treaties – over the use of an animal for terrorism.
Hamas’ burning kites and balloons launched over the border fence have ignited over 1,000 fires in the area adjacent to the Strip in the past three months, laying waste to more than 8,200 acres of forest and agricultural land, with damage totaling tens of millions of dollars.
The Gaza-based arson terrorists ignited 24 fires in Israel’s south on Monday, and in response, an Israeli Air Force (IAF) aircraft struck two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip. These posts were located near areas where arson balloons are launched, starting fires in Israel, the IDF stated.
This was the latest development in the current wave of Hamas terror that began on March 30. A new tactic has been the launching of incendiary kites and balloons towards Israeli territory. To date, they have ignited over 1,000 fires, destroying 82,000 acres of forest and agricultural land.
The torched areas include nature reserves. Many animals have been burned to death. Others have lost their natural habitat.
This is not the first time Hamas has attempted to use exploding animals as weapons against Israel.
IDF This cruel incident is just the most recent attempt by Gaza terror organizations to make such an abominable use of animals as explosives couriers. The IDF first encountered an animal-borne terrorist attack when a Palestinian terrorist rode an explosives-laden donkey cart toward an IDF position west of Khan Yunis and detonated the explosives. The terrorist and the donkey were killed, but the soldiers were left unscathed. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
During the Second Intifada, Hamas and other terrorist organizations stepped up their exploitation of animals for the purposes of terror. In 2001, a terrorist rode a bomb-laden donkey cart toward an IDF position in the southern Gaza Strip and set detonated the charge. In 2003, a Palestinian terrorist strapped a bomb to a donkey and then exploded it remotely on the road between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion.