As they have since 1995, Palestinian terror organizations again used an explosive-laden donkey to try to kill Israelis.
On July 18, Israel Defense Forces in the Rafah area noticed a donkey approaching, and opened fire, causing the explosives to detonate, according to an IDF blog post.
“This cruel incident” was just one of many similar times when animals were used to carry explosives, the IDF blog noted. Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, condemned the incident.
“As human beings, we are concerned about human civilians, children, and anyone else in the line of fire, but we have an extra obligation to remind people that animals are also wounded, killed, and frightened to death during conflicts.”
In an email to Washington Jewish Week, Newkirk wrote, “PETA has long opposed the use of animals in war.
Animals claim allegiance to no nation, and they don’t choose sides. For animals, there are no Geneva Conventions and no peace treaties – just our mercy.”
She said her organization has no plans to take any action.
However, during the Second Intifada in 2003, when a Palestinian terrorist strapped a bomb to a donkey and then exploded it remotely, Newkirk wrote a letter of outrage to Yasser Arafat, then the president of the Palestinian National Authority.
In a letter addressed to “Your Excellency,” Newkirk wrote, “If you have the opportunity, will you please add to your burdens my request that you appeal to all those who listen to you to leave the animals out of this conflict.”
The letter, dated Feb. 3, 2003, explained that PETA “received many calls and letters from people shocked at the bombing in Jerusalem on January 26 in which a donkey, laden with explosives, was intentionally blown up.”