Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the mayor of the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron announced on a radio broadcast earlier this week that Palestinians who capture or kill stray dogs will receive NIS 20 shekels (US$5.50) from the municipality, encouraging people to kill as many as possible.
JPost (h/t Nita/Frederic) Many Muslims quickly complied, with footage shared on social media of Hebron residents taking to the streets to torture and kill dozens of dogs.
Mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh, a convicted murderer of six Israelis, proposed this bounty on stray dogs in the Hebron area as a solution to the overpopulation of stray dogs in the city, which Palestinian media say is “haunting the lives of Hebron residents.”
Mayor of Hebron stating they will pay Palestinians who kill dogs 20 NIS for every dog they kill.
Appalling animal cruelty
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Who is convicted terrorist and mayor Tayseer Abu Sneineh?
Abu Sneineh was one of four Palestinians behind the murder of six Israeli yeshiva students and injuring of 16 others in the 1980 Hebron attack. The students killed included two American citizens and a Canadian national.
The four terrorists were convicted and sentenced to life in prison but were all released during various prisoner exchange deals carried out by Israel in the 1980s.
In response to the bizarre municipal campaign, the Animal and Environment Association in Bethlehem, the only animal shelter in the West Bank, issued a statement attacking Abu Sneineh, calling for him to “cease the bloody campaign.”
“This bloody campaign resulted in killing many dogs, [by] shooting, hanging, abusing, running over them by cars. What happened today is beyond humanity and ethics,” the association wrote on Facebook. What happened today is beyond humanity and ethics,” the association wrote on Facebook. “No religion would accept such barbaric actions toward innocent animals.” (Oh, really? See below)
The doggie death notices immediately drew protests from local animal rights activists. The Animal and Environment Association in Bethlehem — the only animal shelter in the West Bank — denounced the move.
“This bloody campaign resulted in killing many dogs, [by] shooting, hanging, abusing, running over them by cars,” they wrote in a statement posted to Facebook. “What happened today is beyond humanity and ethics. No religion would accept such barbaric actions toward innocent animals.”