On April 13 2010 I wrote an article about animals in Israeli jail. For me as a Palestinian journalist, this was not a new subject or story, but it was new for my readers. It looks like this was the first time that foreigners and the defenders of animals rights hear about the treatment of animals by the IDF – the mistreatment of animals by the IDF is part of the jewish genocide being perpetrated against us Palestinians. The IDF always arrests and/or murders animals belonging to Palestinian farmers, they destroy their wells, their caves in the southern hills of Hebron, in Yatta as well in other towns and cities in the West Bank.
According the the former director of the Israeli Police of Hebron, Colonel Efraim “Effy” Ardity, in 2001 the investigation of the murder of a donkey belonging to Mahoud al-Jonaidi in Yatta by the IDF lead to a discovery of a cave full of weapons (guns, Kalashnikov, ammunition, pistols) stolen from the IDF. The thief was a soldier, and the weapons were to be used in the perpetration of terrorist attack against Palestinians and their animals.
The criminal treatment of animals by the IDF and the jewish squatters is not directed at the animals per se, but is part of their strategy of genocide and ethnic cleansing against us Palestinians. The animals, donkeys, mulis, sheep, goats, chicken, dogs, cats … are kept by their owners as part of their business. They represent work resources, food, the livelihood of these farmers and their families. The purpose of “arresting” (holding for ransom), stealing, killing these animals and to destroy or poison artesian wells is to ruinate their owners. One the animals have been exterminated and the wells poisoned or destroyed, these farmers are expelled from their lands, which are duly declared “military zone” by the IDF or the thieves from the so-called civil administration.
The president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, Hilma Shmoshkovitz, left an irate reader comment on my article “Donkey, Horse and Cat in Israeli Jail”. The comment is typical for what I receive from Israelis and what mostly lands in the thrash: hysteric rants denying everything and assigning guilt to others. Each time, I am surprised by the blindness, the all-encompassing ignorance of these people so completely unable to assume responsibility for their collective crimes. (Click on pictures to make them bigger).
I wonder how somebody “in the middle of animal welfare” is so unaware of the atrocities which the army and the jewish squatters perpetrate on a daily basis in her name just a short distance from where she lives. Her comment:
As a person in the middle of animal welfare work in Israel, as a Christian as well, I can say that the whole story is a fabriated one. I checked it throrougly. I absolutely dislike to give people stereotypes but the average Israeli Jewish person came a long way and is no worse than those in Western countries. However with the Arabs a little more education about anmal suffering is needed.
I wonder if this superficially so probate citizen is truly ignorant of what goes on, or if she understands at a deeper level that the abhorrent crimes which she tolerates with silence or perhaps even encourages in various ways, are so disgusting, so impossible to justify by any human standards, that there is no hole deep and dark enough where to crawl into once she consciously even admits to them. This is something I wonder about in the case of most jews living in Palestine and elsewhere.
I wonder if Hilma Shmoshkovitz and others like her understand the depravity of running an organization dedicated to prevent cruel treatment of animals, while at the same time perpetrating, financing, supporting, encouraging, rationalizing, justifying, affirming and celebrating the horrendous crimes of all her people against us Palestinians, and, when these crimes are spoken about, to proceed to deny, transfer culpability, reject responsibility, rationalize, find a “compromise” in the description of their crimes. In the present case, Hilma says that “Arabs need more education about animal suffering”.
In the case of the Gaza massacre of past January 2009, the israeli crimes were celebrated and at the same time it was (and is being) denied that these atrocities even took place. In a true show of what a split personality means, Hilma and her people at once treat us Palestinians worse than anybody in their right mind would treat animals, and then proceed to impute “us Arabs” with mistreatment of animals. Beyond obvious personality problems, Hilma does not understand that to us animals are livestock which have a utility to the owner, and that we do not humanize or keep animals “for fun” in ways which are often far more denigrating to the animal than an existence as livestock.
Hilma Shmoshkovitz apparently became irate that I would write about the mistreatment of animals by the IDF and the israeli jails administration, and proceeded to declare the whole story to be “fabricated”. Possibly she spoke to spokespersons, or possibly she just had a fit of rage. In any case the story is 100% true, and I know from over 20 years of working with these people that all the IDF and the israeli jail administration spokespersons are 100% professional liars.
They ALWAYS deny their atrocious crimes. Rape, murder, theft, uncalled for violence, callous treatment of animals, the behavior of insane people, that is the truth about all the murderous garbage which collectively call themselves “Israeli Defense Forces”. The whole massacre of Gaza was denied by these conscienceless murderers, despite massive evidence of every imaginable kind. While I was working in Palestine, murders of children perpetrated by the IDF before my eyes were later denied to have happened by the spokesperson.
Given the comment of Hilma Shmoshkovitz and her name, it is difficult to believe that she is a Christian, and it is difficult to believe that she “checked it thoroughly”, and even if, she must have given credibility to the lies of the IDF or the jail spokesperson. If Hilma had any capacity to see the truth of what goes on immediately around her, it should be clear to her that such incidents happen on a regular basis. As somebody involved in “animal care”, it should have reached her long ago that jews treat us Palestinians worse than animals. I find it interesting to note that I have never heard of Israeli animal care organizations protesting about this.
Even here, her only protest was to deny the shameful treatment of animals perpetrated by the IDF soldiers “hayalim” and jail personnel before many witnesses and instead resorting to denigrate “Arabs”. It is fit of the worst antisocial elements to care for animals while denying ones own criminal behavior and instead dehumanizing a whole people for fun and profit, and to escape the unavoidable self examination which sane people do.
Perhaps she thinks that we are really less than animals, and this has often been said by the jewish political and religious authorities. To us, the collective inability of jews to see error in their actions means that they have lost sanity, their insistence in continuing a path of crime means that they have lost their soul, and their inability to shame of behavior which is indefensible to normal human beings means the loss to their claim of being members of the human family.
Just as evil destroys itself, the jews who have come to Palestine following false promises by false teachers are destroying themselves with their boundless hatred of everything that makes us human. It is now long past due time for the jews, all jews, to stop denying their collective culpability in their crimes of genocide against us Palestinians. All their crimes are documented, and increasingly more people are looking. It is time for the IDF to stop misleading the jewish society about their unconscionable crimes against us. It is time that all jews assume their culpability and responsibility for all their crimes perpetrated against us.
It is time that jews of all walks of life to shame of what they have perpetrated and tolerated for too long, and ask for forgiveness. It is time that jews reject the false and inhuman teachings of the pharisees in their middle, and recognize them for what they are, psychopaths, creatures with a defective psyche who belong into institutions for the insane. It is time for all jews, in Palestine and elsewhere, to understand that they follow these creatures at their own peril, and that the greatest danger to the jewish people comes not from us, but from these teachers of failed precepts.
The pictures in this article are of animals detained or killed by IDF and armed squatters who belong to paramilitary death squads organized within the IDF. They are from a source which I trust. The incidents depicted were even spoken about in the Knesset. I publish them here to show Hilma how things really are.