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Gaza: A Zoo Without Animals


World  (tags: animals, palestinians, gaza, zoos, world, Refugees&Relief, palestine )

Michelle
- 1564 days ago - uruknet.info
"We haven't had a single visit yet through Ramadan, what kind of zoo doesn't get visitors during holidays?" asks Mahmoud Barghoud, 22, co-creator of the Marha zoo.The Marha Land zoo and children's park lies halfway between Gaza and ...



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Cindy Black (61)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:40 pm
What an interesting story, and what a rather beautiful "zoo --" a zoo which has (almost) no animals. The most tragic thing is the ones they did have starved and thirsted to death in their cages. Ahmed Barghoud, the zoo's current caretaker, remarks that as long as he has food and his children have clothes, that's enough..."who could want for more?" I think this is one of the greatest things about the Palestinians -- time after time I've heard them say that all they need is enough for "the life --" food, water, clothing.... (and hopefully, a few new animals for their zoo!)
 

Cindy Black (61)
Sunday September 12, 2010, 10:45 pm
P.S., I meant to say that, per the article, the animals starved and thirsted to death (or were shot) during the Israeli-Gaza war, not because of neglect...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 7:24 am
Noted...thanks Michelle...very sad story. It's unfortunate that most of the world's population do "want for more"...and usually at others' expense.
 

Margaret B. (88)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:57 am
This doesn't sound like much of a zoo.... and as usual, during times of conflict you can't get any "organizations" to help animals. After Katrina, the U.S. FINALLY started putting pets into disaster planning and I'm pretty certain that the zoo animals were saved in New Orleans....
 

Druid Godmother (38)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:51 am
...more innocent casualties of war.
 

Sharon S. (8)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:09 pm
Since the zoo is in such a war torn area and subject to starvation it should never start up again. It does not sound like a feasible idea to start the zoo up. The Gaza has been a terrible place to be for a long time. Wait for total peace, if that ever happens, then start another, maybe. Zoos should change and start to be rescue sanctuaries not "zoos as we have known them". More animals could benefit from the zoos that way. And people (kids) could benefit by helping the animals by other means than just walking by and looking at them. (my new notion of the future of zoos).
 

Marj C. (4)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:17 pm
The zoo is an interesting metaphor for the residents of Gaza. Gaza is a human zoo under siege. Like the animals the pople are largely unable to fend for themselves with such limited ability to raise their own food.
 

Msrobinson Robinson (8)
Monday September 13, 2010, 12:43 pm
One would think that they would have some sympathy for animals locked up. But that doesn't seem to be the case.

Zoos are torture for animals.
 

kathie f. (1)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:03 pm
very sad story; however, considering that the last bunch of animals all died, whether starved, shot, thirst, whatever, i seriously think the zoo should be shut down (and the poor remaining animals either freed or transferred to some place they will be cared for). obviously, there is no way the zoo owners can properly care for any animals; zoos are torture for animals.
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:11 pm
Everything that happens in Gaza is so tragic. I wish Israel were not such a bully. Thank you, Michelle.
 

Jo Balltes (44)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:16 pm
thank you very much for sharing x
 

Jackie D. (7)
Monday September 13, 2010, 1:45 pm
I wonder if this is the same zoo in the book The Zoo on the Road To Nablus. http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Road-Nablus-Story-Survival/dp/1586484893
An amazing book.. well worth a read because it shows just how brutal the Israeli army can be. From memory (I read the book a couple of years ago) the Israeli army flattened two zoos with bulldozers!
 

Trish K. (93)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:05 pm
I hope someone in Gaza turns this Zoo into a Peace Garden.
Invite birds and creatures by building sanctuary for them in the middle of discord.
By example we lead.
 

wilma s. (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:24 pm
Because animals do not need to be held hostage in a war torn country. Give them to a sanctuary, do not let monsters near these animals.
 

Shirley H. (49)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:28 pm
Noted. and sadly noted.
Shirley H.
 

Abo r. (103)
Monday September 13, 2010, 2:44 pm
Thank you so much Michelle fr posting .
Gaza Zoo which the article talks about is in the mid way f Gaza strip it is nt the one in theway to Nablus " Nablus way and Nablus are wihin the WEST BANK of Palestine".
Because of the blockad Siege on GAZA and during the war 2008 - 2009 "23 days" humans and animals were killed due to no medical care ,, drugs and food, electricity power turns off most of the time and in some areas no power which leeds to no pure water as GAZA water is not suitable for humans and animals too , nothing allowed to reach GAZA sick people were prevented to go out for treatment.

While watching the TV during the war a building at shagaia was demolished over its residence the only 2 creatures were alive which let my tears run as the rain when saw the 2 out after few days they were a girle child holding her CAt and the rest were passed away.
Rockets bumbs does not distinguish between humans and animals or birds... The IDF doesnot listen or have any mercy or even a heart, kills every thing.
Gaza children needs a zoo like other children in the world they need to live as others with full rights as humans.
Yes animals killed if not by rockets it is by no food and water no one can go out to feed them if the food is available.
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:17 pm
Islamist fanatics of Hamas ruling Gaza don't have pity on Palestinians, forget about the animals, I am not even mentioning Israelis.

Israelis have to live for 8 years in fear of constant bombardment by Hamas rockets, they had to be ready to run for bomb shelters when siren goes on, day or night. I can't blame them for destroying Hamas war machine and limiting its ability to kill Israelis.

Very sad, that animals fell prey to the unnecessary war. Even more sad, that with the Gaza strip dominated by Hamas many more victims, human and animal, are to be.
 

Karina Sm (2)
Monday September 13, 2010, 3:46 pm
thanks for sharing the story
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:02 pm
Sad no matter which way you think about this. Informative though, thanks Michelle
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:04 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Bruno Moreira (61)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:15 pm
thanks for the information
 

Anna F. (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:33 pm
Horribly sad. I must say with being given barely enough to survive for the children and elderly, which is criminal during any war, they should NOT use precious resources, energy, effort and money to "rebuild/restock" the zoo. It is cruel from every angle, for both the people and the animals. Under these conditions they are forcing the animals to face an almost certain death by starvation and/or dehydration. Is there not enough suffering that they have to create more?! I find it ALL terribly cruel and so sad.
 

Diane Dion (5)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:35 pm
These non-human animals should not have been in a zoo in the first place but sent to a sanctuary or somewhere
they could be safe. It always comes down to our irresponsable behavior towards our non-human animal fellows. Zoos are jails and they should not exist.
 

Kate Kenner (212)
Monday September 13, 2010, 4:44 pm
Although I may not fully understand the issues os was as a Jew I am disappointed in the Israeli army for not caring enough to let the animals be cared for. I guess they are still people and that is the problem. THis is a sad story as it always is when animals get stuck in human conflicts. I do hope they are not thinking of bringing more animals into the zoo.
 

Kara C. (15)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:09 pm
SHUT THEM DOWN yeah its sad about the war but they are not earning money and loosing it, therefore there is no reason for them to keep the animals in horrible conditions where they could be bombed at any moment and don't receive medical treatment.

Send them to a sanctuary just get the poor animals out of there, so many deaths cannot be allowed in any circumstances.
 

Beverly C. (0)
Monday September 13, 2010, 5:13 pm
Quite a story. It's sad that they lost so many of the animals. Sounds like they are doing their best with what they have, which is honorable.
 

Bracha Kay (31)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:07 pm
"Under full-scale siege, where an extensive amount of the most basic of goods and medicines are not allowed into the Strip and humans are not allowed out for medical care, exotic animals fall low in the list of priorities."

Actually, lots of basic goods and medicine are allowed, and lots of humans are allowed out for medical care:
Large quantities of essential food items like baby formula, wheat, meat, dairy products and other perishables are transferred daily and weekly to Gaza. Fertilizers that cannot be used to make explosives are shipped into the Strip regularly, as are potato seeds, eggs for reproduction, bees, and equipment for the flower industry.

In 2009 alone, more than 738,000 tons of food and supplies entered Gaza. Pictures in local newspapers show local markets aplenty with fruit, vegetables, cheese, spices, bread and meat to feed 1.4 million Gazans.

In the first quarter of 2010 (January-March), 94,500 tons of supplies were transferred in 3,676 trucks to the Strip: 48,000 tons of food products; 40,000 tons of wheat; 2,760 tons of rice; 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear; 553 tons of milk powder and baby food.

In a typical week the IDF coordinates the transfer of hundreds of trucks containing about 15,000 tons of supplies. During the week of May 18, 2010 there were more than 100 truckloads of animal food, 65 trucks of fruit and vegetables; 22 truckloads of sugar, some 27 truckloads of meat, poultry and fish; and 40 trucks of dairy products. At holiday times, Israel increases transfers. During the Muslim holy days of Ramadhan and Eid al-Adha, Israel shipped some 11,000 heads of cattle into the Strip.

Maintaining medical aid for all in need

The medical corridor

No Palestinian is denied medical care in Israel. However, if the Hamas regime does not grant permits for medical care, the Israeli government can do nothing to help the patient. Israel will facilitate all cases of medical treatments from Gaza, unless the patient is a known perpetrator of terror.

Israel maintains a corridor for the transfer of medical patients out of Gaza, and about 200 medical staff members go through the crossings every month. Israel also helps coordinate the transfer of Jordanian doctors into Gaza.

In 2009 alone, 10,544 patients and their companions left the Gaza Strip for medical treatment in Israel. Moreover, there were 382 emergency evacuations from Gaza for medical purposes.

The Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem donates $3 million in aid annually to treat Palestinians in Israel. Following fears of a swine flu outbreak, three Israeli hospitals were assigned to treat cases in the Gaza Strip and 44,500 immunizations were transferred to the Strip.

Since 2005, Palestinians exploited medical care arrangements more than 20 times to carry out terror attacks.

Medical equipment

In 2009, some 4,883 tons of medical equipment and medicine were brought in.

In the first quarter of 2010, Israel shipped 152 trucks of medical supplies and equipment into Gaza. In a typical week (in May 2010), some 37 truckloads of hygiene products were shipped to Gaza through the land crossings. In addition, a new CAT scan machine was recently shipped to Gaza.

In 2009, Israel coordinated the transfer of medical supplies for the disabled including wheelchairs, crutches and first aid kits. Other equipment shipped to Gaza include heart-monitors, baby feeding tubes, dental equipment, medical books, ambulance emergency equipment, artificial limbs and infant sleeping bags.

Building for the future: Infrastructure and economic aid

Building materials

While the import of cement and iron has been restricted into Gaza since these are used by the Hamas to cast rockets and bunkers, monitored imports of truckloads of cement, iron, and building supplies such as wood and windows are regularly coordinated with international parties. Already in the first quarter of 2010, 23 tons of iron and 25 tons of cement were transferred to the Gaza Strip.

On 13 May 2010, Israel allowed approximately 39 tons of building material into Gaza to help rebuild a damaged hospital. The construction material for al Quds hospital was transferred after safeguards in place and French assurances ensured that the construction material would not be diverted elsewhere.

On 24 May 2010 Israel opened the Kerem Shalom crossing to 97 trucks loaded with aid and goods, including six trucks holding 250 tons of cement and one truck loaded with five tons of iron for projects executed and operated by UNRWA.

Electricity

According to the UN report of May 2010, 120 megawatts (over 70%) of the Strip's electricity supply comes from the Israeli electric grid, while 17 MWs come from Egypt and 30 MWs are produced by the Gaza city power station. Since January 2010, there has been deterioration in the supply of electricity to the Gaza Strip since the Hamas regime is unwilling to purchase the fuel to run the Gaza City power station.

Throughout 2009 Israel transferred 41 trucks of equipment for the maintenance of Gaza's electricity grid.

Israel facilitates the transfer of fuel through the border, and maintains that the diversion of fuel from domestic power generators to other uses is wholly a Hamas decision. Over 133 million liters of fuel entered Gaza from Israel over the last 18 months.

Sewage

During the first quarter of 2010, the UN coordinated with Israel the transfer of equipment for UNWRA to upgrade the sewage pumping station. In 2009, 127 trucks containing more than 3,000 tons of hypochlorite entered the Gaza Strip for water purification purposes. Moreover, 48 trucks of equipment for improving the sanitation infrastructure led to a substantial reduction in the Beit Lahya facility's waste levels.

Economy

The United States, Israel, Canada, and the European Union have frozen funds to the Palestinian Hamas government since 2006, recognizing it as a terror organization. Israel has taken measures to support trade and commerce, the banking system, and the existing financial market in the Gaza Strip.

Gazans produce much of their own food products including olives, citrus, vegetables, Halal beef, and dairy products. Primary exports from Gaza are cut flowers and citrus, with trade partners being Israel, Egypt and the West Bank. During 2009, 7.5 million tons of flowers and 54 tons of strawberries were exported from Gaza with Israeli cooperation.

In 2009, 1.1 billion shekels (about $250 million) were transferred to the Gaza Strip for the ongoing activity of international organizations and to pay the salaries of Palestinian Authority workers. 40 million damaged bank notes were traded for new bills, and at the request of the Palestinian Monetary Fund, 282.5 million shekels were transferred from Gazan to Israeli banks.

In February 2010, an agreement was reached with the Palestinian Authority's National Insurance Department to ensure that pensions reached those formerly employed in Israel. The funds were deposited in banks in Judea and Samaria, while the Palestinian Authority was given the responsibility of distributing the funds to the pensioners in Gaza.

Fostering hope and trust - Quality of life in Gaza

The cycle of life

* Projected life expectancy in the Gaza Strip (2010) is 73.86, greater than Estonia, Malaysia, Jamaica and Bulgaria.
* The infant mortality rate in Gaza is 17.71 per 1000, lower than that of China, Jordan, Lebanon and Thailand.
* Fertility rates are about five children per family, equal to many African nations such as Rwanda and Senegal.

Healthcare

Palestinian families receive the same subsidized healthcare as Israelis, about 10% of the cost for the same treatment in the United States.

Schoolchildren

Israel transfers school equipment supplied by UNRWA including notebooks, school bags, writing implements and textbooks. Israel is currently coordinating the transfer of 200,000 laptops for Gaza schoolchildren and the shipment of 74 maritime containers for conversion into Gaza classrooms.

In the first quarter of 2010, Israel transferred 250 trucks with equipment for the UNWRA summer camp, including arts-and-crafts equipment, swimming pools, inflatable toys, ice cream machines, musical instruments, clothing, sports equipment.

Electronic life

About 20% of the population in Gaza owns a personal computer - this is more than Portugal, Brazil, Saudi Arabia or Russia. They have access to ADSL and dial-up Internet service, provided by one of four providers.

About 70% of Gazans own a TV and radio and have access to satellite TV or broadcast TV from the PA or Israel.

Gaza has well-developed telephone landlines, and extensive mobile telephone services provided by PalTel (Jawwal) and the Israeli provider Cellcom.

According to USAID report, 81% of households in Gaza have access to a cell phone. The PA-owned cell phone provider Jawwal has more than 1 million cellular subscribers.

Travel

Despite the inherent dangers involved, Israel permits Gazans and visitors to travel between Gaza and Israel, from Gaza to Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), and even abroad for medical treatment, religious pilgrimages, and business trips. Whenever possible Israel allows for diplomatic activities and trade and commerce with the Gaza Strip.

In additional to medical travel, 21,200 activists from international organizations and over 400 diplomatic delegations were permitted entry into Gaza, while 2,200 Palestinians employed by international organizations were given exit permits from the Gaza Strip.

147 permits were given to Palestinian students for academic studies around the world and special permission was given to Gazan footballers to train in Judea and Samaria and compete in international matches abroad.

During the Christmas holiday, approximately 400 permits were given to visit Bethlehem from Gaza as well 100 permits to travel abroad. In addition, 257 permits were given to businessmen from Gaza to facilitate business operations.
 

Christine Stewart (133)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:07 pm
Please shut down the zoo if they can't feed and medicate the animals- obviously, not all their fault, considering the war raging about them.
 

Matthew Goodwin (2)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:23 pm
Yes it is a sad story and good that it has been shared. However, I sometimes despair when a couple of the above comments appear to suggest that the people of Gaza should not have animals as they are at risk of being slaughtered by the Israelis along with the people of Gaza! I feel like yelling that the people of Gaza are actually PEOPLE, not sub-human and not sub-animal! They live in what many describe as the largest concentration camp in human history. Israel has a total blockade of Gaza and is responsible for the situation. Hamas and the people of Gaza do not have an army, do not have any real weapons and are totally vulnerable to Israeli aggression, the ball is firmly in Israel's court when it comes to people and animals being allowed to live or die in Gaza. I am British by the way and if anyone's bothered, my family go back to pre-Norman Conquest times, so I have no ethnic or for that matter religious axe to grind.
 

Matthew Goodwin (2)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:41 pm
Any suggestion that the situation and treatment of the people and animals of Gaza is acceptable, is totally wrong. Some independent commentators have described the approach of Israel to Gaza and the West Bank as amounting to ethnic cleansing. It is not a war. A war requires both sides to have some military capability, Gaza and the Palestinians in general have near zero military capability. They are totally at the mercy of the state of Israel, which chooses to continue the blockade. It is totally out of all proportion and some might think that elements in Israel actually want to foment future unrest, by their ongoing persecution of an entire conquered nation. The Palestinians have about as much chance of causing Israel any real damage as the inmates of nazi death camps in Europe during WWII had against their SS guards!
Proportionality!
Incidentally, in response to the long winded statement/Israeli propaganda by tara lav. Yes, the blockade does allow some things in, but according to the UN, nowhere near enough. Israel chooses to maintain the siege of Gaza, but is forced to try and create a perception that it is not systematically slaughtering/starving everyone in the geographic locality of Gaza.
REMEMBER THE FLOTILLA!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:48 pm
Noted , thanks !!
 

Caroline Vimla (16)
Monday September 13, 2010, 6:58 pm
War-torn countries should never have zoos at the first place. Though the Barghoud family's intention in creating the zoo was noble; to entertain children and bring about a little bit normality in otherwise a place of discord, the primary importance should have been the welfare of the animals above everything else. Animals are not meant to be used as tools to amuse humans...There are many other ways to help the children in such war-torn areas to cope with the war...To use torture in order to reduce torture is not a solution!
These animals didn't deserve to be caught up in between a human conflict and die in such a tragic way.
 

Carmen Ares (3)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:23 pm
Gracias Michelle por la nota...
 

Carmen Ares (3)
Monday September 13, 2010, 8:25 pm
Años atras visitaba los zoo y me divertia, hoy pienso que es una carcel de animales, muy triste.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Monday September 13, 2010, 9:25 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Monday September 13, 2010, 10:01 pm
Matthew, missiles that Hamas used to fire at Israeli centers for 8 years are military weapons - that in addition to sniper rifles, mines and other military equipment, generously provided by Iranians. Israel tries its best to help regular Gazans - but they cannot be expected to be killed without responding to aggressors.

You bringing up Nazis defeats your point: Arabs states were supporters of the Nazis, not Jews. Hamas has an ideological program, part of which if genocide Israel from the Jews, while Israelis agree to give their own land to make peace with Arab minority there. This is something, that no other country did on its own will. Nazis did not give their land for peace, they took it, asking for more and more all the time, exactly like Hamas and Hezbollah.

Proportionality? Hamas does not allow the captive Israeli soldier to meet with Red Cross, while Hamas prisoners in Israeli jails have family visits and one just finishing Ph. D program in free Israeli university.

Flotilla is being investigated too, noone forgot it. When investigation is completed, I hope that the role of IHH and other Islamic Extremists sponsoring that provocation will be shown to everyone.

Thank you Tara Lev for the good info.

 

Colette Hulett (2)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 3:35 am
WHAT IS THIS? LAUREL AND HARDY? THE GOON SHOW? I wish these people would use their determination and good will in better ways. Why do something that causes trauma? (some animals died in the tunnels) - surely this is a sign that what they are doing is wrong? Have they no common sense at all? Of course agencies will help people before animals. Ultimately the responsibility for the suffering and deaths of the animals (and current ongoing suffering) belongs to the zoo owners who seem so determined to keep animals in a conflict area and put them at risk in all sorts of ways. WHAT IS THE POINT? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, but it's the road to hell nonetheless.

Clearly the animals' welfare is not the priority here. It's about the zoo owners being noble. Try building a playpark people or provide an "on-line zoo" where the kids will see many more animals and in their natural habitat and learn so much more. Set up a "movie house" for the kids, play "dress up", put on a play, please use the brains that God gave you!

This is just idiotic and now other people must feel sorry for them? My only sympathy lies with these abused animals. Man has turned earth into a hell for animals. (Arthur Schopenbauer).
 

Vera T. (1)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 4:35 am
how those poor animals must have suffered - why on earth have a zoo in a not so animal friendly nation, the same goes to most countries in the Middle east - let's hope the remaining animals can be rescued or even humanely euthanised, there are some things far worse than death. I hope they are not replaced, and the bad zoos woirldwide will close - wishful thinking.
 

Terry B. (649)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 5:53 am
"Let my animals go." -- God.
 

Mary P. (157)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 7:09 am
Caroline Vimla - "creating the zoo was noble; to entertain children and bring about a little bit normality in otherwise a place of discord, the primary importance should have been the welfare of the animals above everything else."

REALLY NOW!!! Animal lives are more important than human lives! IS that what you are trying to say??? Dont the children of Gaza have a right to see and know what 'Real' animals are like; they definitely have had experience with 'Human Animals' in their experience with the IDF Soldiers; What about the israeli soldiers that used the zoo as a BASE; where was their compassion for animal life; I do know that they are void of compassion for human life.

Your words - "Animals are not meant to be used as tools to amuse humans...There are many other ways to help the children in such war-torn areas to cope with the war.."

What 'WAR' are you talking about??? You mean the "SLAUGHTER, MASSACRES, MURDERS" by Israeli Governments of the children's parents, families; In which way would you HELP the children to cope with that?

Please Remember it was NOT a WAR as MATTHEW GOODWIN points out very accurately with his words "It is not a war. A war requires both sides to have some military capability, Gaza and the Palestinians in general have near zero military capability. They are totally at the mercy of the state of Israel, which chooses to continue the blockade. It is totally out of all proportion and some might think that elements in Israel actually want to foment future unrest, by their ongoing persecution of an entire conquered nation. The Palestinians have about as much chance of causing Israel any real damage as the inmates of nazi death camps in Europe during WWII had against their SS guards!
Proportionality!"

Matthew Goodwin, THANK YOU for that ; You deserve 100 stars for your compassion for the children and people of Gaza. GOD Bless..
 

Mary P. (157)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 7:19 am
Patricia Ann - "they should NOT use precious resources, energy, effort and money to "rebuild/restock" the zoo"

WHY??? I dont understand. Dont the children of Gaza have a right to enjoy a zoo, same as the children of America and the rest of the world. Are they perhaps NOT human beings in your eyes? You feel, Israel is busy making 'WAR' on an unarmed nation so really they do not deserve a zoo as the animals will be killed; in reality what you are trying to say is 'please people of Gaza do NOT build homes, do not be hungry, do not be thirsty, do not get sick because of Israel's BLOCKADES ; PLEASE GAZANS DO NOT LIVE ANYMORE!!! Is that what you want from the people of gaza???
 

Mary P. (157)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 7:36 am
Jackie D - "An amazing book.. well worth a read because it shows just how brutal the Israeli army can be. From memory (I read the book a couple of years ago) the Israeli army flattened two zoos with bulldozers!"

I also read how the Israeli Army killed ALL the zoo animals during their one sided war; but fancy I dont see any 'outrage' from fellow commentators about israels flattening the zoo; where do they think the animals were at that time.

YET they are quick to condemn the above zoo owner for trying to restock. Why NOT instead cause an outcry and demand that Israel STOP their wars and blockades; save human lives; allow humans to live a normal life; allow children to be free and enjoy their childhood days like they are suppose to; like ALL the other CHILDREN OF THE WORLD. Come on people, where is your compassion for the children of Gaza.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 9:03 am
Please be aware the pics are graphic!
A Nation of Animal Lovers Closes Its Eyes to the Massacre at the Gaza Zoo

Israeli troops shot and killed zoo animals
What a moving story you submitted Michelle!
Thank you
 

Mary P. (157)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 11:26 am
THANKS CARL - Shocking and disgusting Zionists Murderers of animals and humans.

Some snippets from the article:-
"The zoo drew up to 1,000 visitors each day. He points at the foot-long hole in the camel in one of the enclosures.

"This camel was pregnant, a missile went into her back," he tells us. "Look, look at her face. She was in pain when she died."

Around every corner, inside almost every cage are dead animals, who have been lying in their cages since the Israeli incursion.

Qasim doesn't understand why they chose to destroy his zoo. And it's difficult to disagree with him. Most of them have been shot at point blank range.

"The first thing the Israelis did was shoot at the lions - the animals ran out of their cage and into the office building. Actually they hid there."


The foxes ate each other because we couldn't get to them in time. We had many here." There are carcasses everywhere and the last surviving fox is quivering in the corner.

There were 40 types of animals, a children's library, a playground and cultural centre housed at the facility.

Inside the main building, soldiers defaced the walls, ripped out one of the toilets and removed all of the hard drives from the office computers.

We are under attack. There was not a single person in this zoo. Just the animals. We all fled before they came. What purpose does it serve to walk around shooting animals and destroying the place?"

Inside one cage lie three dead monkeys and another two in the cage beside them. He points to a clay pot. "They tried to hide", he says of a mother and baby half-tucked inside.


We ask him why it's so important for Gaza to have a zoo. "During the past four years it was the most popular place for kids. They came from all over the Gaza Strip. There was nowhere else for people to go."

Has Israel gone berserk and lost all sense of reasoning? Should it be tried for war crimes at The Hague?

Some Comments from people:-

"Israel has not gone berserk, nor has it lost all sense of reasoning. Israel was founded on bloodshed, brutality, and murder. I am not surprised by this act of cruelty. It is yet another testiment to the wickedness of the zionists Israelis. They have been murdering women and children for decades. How can you expect them to suddenly feel mercy and spare the animals? There is nothing new here. They should have been tried for war crimes a long time ago."


"This atrocity towards these 'innocent' animals speaks off how cruel and brutal those killers are. Cant expect better fate for animals from those people who were chasing and shooting elderly people, children and infants at will"



"The whole world should know about this unhuman act of Israelis. They are not human beings. They know only killing, killing and killing. They are either killing human beings or animals. They don't care. Isrealy army should be draged to the court for their war crimes."


"Israelis are mad! They are out of their minds! They should be tried and I do hope they would be found guilty of all the killings they have made.There are no excuses for their actions."


"Even innocent animals are terrorists in Gaza, not just innocent children. Please check under the corpses to see if they had any weapons secreted!"



"Israel has defenitely gone berserk in everything not only killing animals but humans as well."



" There is a fact that all humans should accept with shame. The world with all its living organisms can sustain without humans but never vice versa. Animals kill only to feed on, its an instinct provided by nature whereas we harass/kill them for anything and everything. It's time we reflect on this and change, the earlier the better"


" Israelis thought that these animal were also part of Hamas, so they killed them as for them animal or people doesn't make a difference."



"An expat australian who can only quote the great humanitarian Mahattma Ghandi " you can tell the soul of a nation by the way it treats wildlife " So sad that humans have stooped even another rung lower , if that is possible"



"This act clearly shows that aim of Israel was not the dismantling of Hamas network but the aim was to destroy the infrastructure, population whether humans or animals of Gaza. After seeing these barbaric acts of true terrorism there should not be any peace negotiations until Israel pays for all the destruction it has caused in Gaza. We can now say that Israel is the master of terrorism."




 

homero morales (3)
Tuesday September 14, 2010, 9:44 pm
check out on youtube the idf killing gaza zoo animals.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 15, 2010, 11:18 pm
Michelle thanks for the post.

Israel war on Gaza's Zoo.

Monkeys and camels were among many animals killed by Israeli fire at a Gaza zoo.

The Gaza Zoo reeks of death, a month ago, it was attracting families - he says the zoo drew up to 1,000 visitors each day. He points at the foot-long hole in the camel in one of the enclosures.

"This camel was pregnant, a missile went into her back," he tells us. "Look, look at her face. She was in pain when she died."

Around every corner, inside almost every cage are dead animals, who have been lying in their cages since the Israeli incursion.

Qasim doesn't understand why they chose to destroy his zoo. And it's difficult to disagree with him. Most of them have been shot at point blank range.
"The first thing the Israelis did was shoot at the lions - the animals ran out of their cage and into the office building. Actually they hid there."

The two lions are back in their enclosure. The female is pregnant, and lies heavily on the ground, occasionally swishing her tail. Qasim stands unusually close to them, but they don't seem bothered by his presence.

As he takes us around, he is obviously appalled at the state of the animals. The few animals that have survived appear weak and disturbed.

"The foxes ate each other because we couldn't get to them in time. We had many here." There are carcasses everywhere and the last surviving fox is quivering in the corner.

The zoo opened in late 2005, with money from local and international NGOs. There were 40 types of animals, a children's library, a playground and cultural centre housed at the facility.

Inside the main building, soldiers defaced the walls, ripped out one of the toilets and removed all of the hard drives from the office computers. We asked him why they targeted the zoo. He laughs. "I don't know. You have to go and ask the Israelis. This is a place where people come to relax and enjoy themselves. It's not a place of politics."

Israel has accused Hamas of firing rockets from civilian areas. Qasim reacts angrily when we raise the subject.

"Let me answer that with a question. We are under attack. There was not a single person in this zoo. Just the animals. We all fled before they came. What purpose does it serve to walk around shooting animals and destroying the place?"

Inside one cage lie three dead monkeys and another two in the cage beside them. Two more escaped and have yet to return. He points to a clay pot. "They tried to hide", he says of a mother and baby half-tucked inside.

Qasim says that his main two priorities at the moment are rebuilding the zoo and taking the Israeli army to court. For the first, he says he will need close to $200,000(Dh734,000) to return the zoo to its former state - and he wants the Israelis to cover the costs. "They have to pay me for all this damage."

We ask him why it's so important for Gaza to have a zoo. "During the past four years it was the most popular place for kids. They came from all over the Gaza Strip. There was nowhere else for people to go."

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J. R. (0)
Thursday September 16, 2010, 8:30 am
A few years ago I cut a picture out of the newspaper showing a zookeeper petting a blind lion in a zoo of a war torn country, apparently he was the only survivor. Other animals were killed by bombing or had to be killed due to severe injuries or died of starvation – it is etching forever into my heart.

Zoos in especially war torn countries should be closed and rather be used as a medical station for wounded animals which are native, domestic or wild; no new animals should be acquired, no creature should be subjected to war (including humans). The International Animal Rescue do an incredible job saving animals from horrific environments around the world but I believe no group specifically focuses on animals in zoos from war torn countries.

We, the global community, need an organization which rescues zoo animals from such countries and relocate them to safe sanctuaries a UNITED NATIONS FOR ANIMAL RESCUE: UNFAR. To start such it requires tremendous funding, vision and staff with high energy leading eventually to international offices. I could see a group of young ambitious people from various ethnicities and strong financial background with stars like Paris Hilton taking the lead. Some will say – yes – dream on... but I do dare to dream that such may take root – the seed is planted surely not only by me.
 
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