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- 1676 days ago -
The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcasses of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo.


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Regan Copple (16)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:38 pm
I have no words to convey my sadness about this at this time, it's been a terrible week, too much cruelty loose in this world, it spills over into the unhappiness people feel about their own lives.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:54 am
Thx Sam and good on Yahoo as well for putting a spotlight on this,-as Ros said, another tragedy on top of all others. Of all beings in Gaza these are certainly the most innocent ones, yet , as in every war zone, forced to suffer just the same..or perhaps even worse, often from neglect in light of the humanitarian disaster and other priorities.
I was amazed to learn the animals were smuggled through those tunnels!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:42 am
As an animal lover this breaks my heart...but it shouldn't surprise anyone. Animals are always forgotten in warfare+disasters+and also suffer the most as they truly are helpless especially the chained+caged animals. Wish we could something to help them. Thanks Sam

Miriam E (18)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 10:18 am
So sad. The poor animals have nothing to do with the fighting.
As Natasha said, animals are always forgotten in wars, and I hope they will be taken care of and will get help soon.
But Palestinian terrorists do not only forget about them, they intentionally use them as suicide bombs. In the last month, Hamas terrorists sent a donkey with explosives on a suicide mission against the IDF, and it was reported that they used horses and dogs before.

Miriam E (18)
Monday August 18, 2014, 1:02 am
I am sorry I chose the Telegraph. I am not that familiar with the foreign media, and I understand you think it is biased.
This story was also published by RT, The Daily Mirror, The Independent, Reuters and many more newspapers/agencies.
I would appreciate it if you would tell me which newspaper you would say is not biased, so I will know for the future.

Sam H (410)
Monday August 18, 2014, 1:35 am
Miriam, They're all biased.

That's why, I think, Ros suggested taking "both sides to the ICC."

You didn't comment on that! I hope that was because you agree with her proposal!

Sandra Penna (135)
Monday August 18, 2014, 5:19 am
Thank you both, Sam and Ros.

Kathleen M (210)
Monday August 18, 2014, 8:06 am
Noted with horror. Thank you, Sam and Ros.

Angelika R (143)
Monday August 18, 2014, 8:58 am
Not exactly the right thread for this, sorry, but since the ICC keeps being brought into the discussion, perhaps read this article(if you've not already) which might show why I, personally do not believe Abbas will add his own signature to that accession document in the very near future. -Apart from the missing consent by Hamas so far, although he is currently once again trying to convince Meshaal.
Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry

It has also been reported that the EU has been pressuring the PA not to join by claiming that would threaten a conference of donor nations to rebuild Gaza, due on 1 September. Now, today in several media reports we hear from Oslo, which chairs the international donor group for the Palestinians :
Egypt and Norway plan to co-host a donor conference to help towards the reconstruction of Gaza once a durable ceasefire has been negotiated, the Norwegian foreign ministry said on Monday."The invitations to the conference, to be held in Cairo, will be duly extended once an agreement on a sustainable ceasefire has been reached as a result of the ongoing talks in Cairo,"The funds, Foreign minister Brende added, would be sent to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' government - "it is his unity government of technocrats that must handle the reconstruction."


Sam H (410)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:50 am
Thanks Angelika!

The ICC may end up being as impotent as it was intended to be. But no matter what its shortcomings are, I donít think dismantling it is a political possibility. Itís like saying itís okay to commit war crimes. I donít think any country will take that position openly. Of course, there are the shameless US and Israel who want to use it to prosecute others but not themselves, which explains their withdrawal.

Itís unfortunate that Moreno Ocampo said, ďSomeone said that if you have nine enemies surrounding you and one bullet, you don't shoot, you try to use your bullet to create leverage."

I donít think itís the courtís position to advise what to do with one bullet if you have nine enemies. Well, you can line them up and shoot all nine with one bullet! Someone with that mentality shouldnít have been part of the court in the first place.

Here we have a situation where the bullets have been fired, the victims fallen and thereís someone who had been entrusted with the application of the law allowing himself to advise on battlefield strategy.

Left up to the criminal to decide, the criminal will most likely prosecute the victim. Maybe that explains the alignment of the US and Israeli interests at this level in particularóthat of immorality.

fly b (26)
Monday August 18, 2014, 11:49 am
Ty for posting this Sam, I saw a similar article.
Thanks Angelika for the links. To be continued.

Krista Slavin (194)
Monday August 18, 2014, 11:55 am
Very sad =[

Evelyn B (63)
Monday August 18, 2014, 12:21 pm
Captives within an open air prison - caged within a cage, incomprehensible noises & smells, nowhere to run .. a microcosm echoing the creatures outside their cages. Terribly sad. I don't like zoos at the best of times (only as sanctuaries to protect species in danger of becoming extinct) - they have no place at all in crisis zones, although I can imagine how authorities might seek ways of distracting the people from their own besieged condition.

But in addition, Gazans (faced with fuel shortages) are very dependent on livestock to pull carts, ploughs etc, and the poorest use them for transport .... So many horses, donkeys, bullocks have been killed in the shelling, leaving families without draftpower. Terrible for the animals, and for the people.

The ICC discussion:
The mind-blowing thing is the overt blackmail that is brought to bear on things like Palestinian Statehood, joining ICC etc .....
"Donors may decide not to give if the PA follows the ICC route" ... paraphrasing.
Yet Hamas has expressed willingness to have their actions examined by the ICC - it is only Israel that - despite claiming total innocence - refuses to accept investigation and makes every effort to block due process.

Thanks for posting, Sam

Kenneth Davies (0)
Monday August 18, 2014, 1:02 pm
noted with horror

Manel Dias (20)
Monday August 18, 2014, 1:26 pm
These poor, innocent animals are paying a very high a price with their fragile lives due to the evil cruel scumbags who keeps fighting with others. Take some compassionate measurements to protect these vulnerable animals who have done nothing wrong top any of you people. This is a brutality showering upon such defenceless animals by the Barbarians.

Lone F (58)
Monday August 18, 2014, 1:30 pm
So sad, Thanks for sharing Sam!

Monday August 18, 2014, 3:01 pm
So very sad. Noted & shared. Thanks Sam

Sheryl G (359)
Monday August 18, 2014, 3:07 pm
I've posted petitions in the past concerning the stopping of wars and hardly get signatures on them, yet animals get a lot of signatures. I would promote the war petition and still the signatures would slowly climb while the ones for the animals would rapidly rise.

This is a perfect example of what I've tried to tell the animal activist, wars don't just affect people and buildings for many animals suffer also. Bombs don't avoid a home with an animal in it, didn't avoid this zoo, and hungry people sometimes end up having to eat the animals during wars. This is tragic, and I hope that in the future if animal activist see something to end a war or military conflict that they take the time to sign.....wars kill all in it's way.

Gillian M (218)
Monday August 18, 2014, 3:35 pm
Miriam, the answer is that all the media are prejudiced against Israel, it's just the odd story.

Of course, while you are abusing Israel you ignore the rest of it.

Uploaded on 24 May 2011
Raised the video clip for young Algerians setting fire to the donkey, resentment globally adults, particularly among associations concerned with animal rights, which described the video as "inhuman". was young may put a video on the Internet portrays as they burn the ass to the tune of the song of songs "Rai". The broadcast network "Fox News" America video that sparked global booed; where removed the site "Facebook" of the video on its pages, as removed by the people who put him. And the same position taken by the website "YouTube" which deletes the video; because it violates the rules and contain extreme violence. cautioned software provider in the "Fox News Sunday" before the broadcast video, that children should not watch this video, you may find adults too troublesome and violent. and video starts young man does not exceed the fifteen-year-old hurt jazz on the back of a donkey, to come to another young man and sets fire to his back, to take the ass revolves around himself, trying to extinguish the fire, and then after being away amid laughter. added these young song of songs "Rai" Algerian entitled "Chaouih" on the video. began activists animal rights in the establishment of a page on "Facebook" to find out who is behind this video ugly, as Fatah activists thorough investigation to catch these young men, and they went a video to the international police "Interpol" to catch them. began Humane Societies in Algeria looking and checking the identity of the boy who was burned "donkey alive"; not to stand trial, but to display a psychiatrist, and forcing him to live on a farm for breeding pets; even learn Humane Society, according to the newspaper "Sunrise" Algerian. noted doctor of veterinary Haifa Razzaghi to Algerian law punishes of tortured animals, but added that this law is old, and the financial penalty is extremely limited, not exceeding one thousand dinars. alerted Razzaghi on the need not to allow the bodies of foreign exploitation of this incident to be converted to the cause of international public opinion misused by the reputation of Algeria, either intentional or unintentional. It is noteworthy that the Arabs are subjected to severe attack in America and Europe under the pretext of dealing with the brutal animals, after the broadcast clip since the last period of a young Egyptian man casts a dog from one of the roofs of buildings, and then sparked a broad campaign of criticism.


Gillian M (218)
Monday August 18, 2014, 3:43 pm
Perhaps you should be condemning these atrocities amongst many others.


Footage of cruelty to Australian cattle in Gaza sparks Opposition concern over live exports

Animal abuse: Gazans lead a donkey to be stoned after painting an Israeli flag on it


Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday August 18, 2014, 4:22 pm
Animals are frequently victims of war.

Gloria H (88)
Monday August 18, 2014, 4:53 pm
well our own navy uses dolphins to do military exercises. After all, animals, like people, are just collateral.
Feel sad about the animals. Zoos are bad enough, but this is so sad. Starvation.
No animal kills on such a massive scale as the human species. And not for survival, for religion!!!!!!!! go figure.

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday August 18, 2014, 6:33 pm
Sad. Why attack the zoo? They have the ability to avoid attacking that area. I guess they don't give a dam where their shells and bombs hit..

fly b (26)
Monday August 18, 2014, 6:45 pm
Gaza Zoo Ravaged By Israeli Shelling ***25 Year Old Man Helps Zoo Animals After Bomb Attack!

fly b (26)
Monday August 18, 2014, 6:46 pm
<p>Gaza Zoo Ravaged By Israeli Shelling ***25 Year Old Man Helps Zoo Animals After Bomb Attack!</p>

fly b (26)
Monday August 18, 2014, 7:03 pm
*** Gaza Zoo Ravaged By Israeli Shelling ***25 Year Old Man Helps Zoo Animals After Bomb Attack!

fly b (26)
Monday August 18, 2014, 7:10 pm

S J (124)
Monday August 18, 2014, 7:46 pm
the most vulnerable get the worst affected in a war. I shall oppose war always.
Thank you Sam

Stan B (123)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:39 pm
My guess is that Hamas fired rockets from inside the zoo. The Israelis gain nothing from killing innocent animals.

Carrie B (306)
Monday August 18, 2014, 9:51 pm
Oh Stan, Israel has nothing to gain from killing innocent children either, but they do it whenever they get the chance.

Thanks for the excellent post Sam.

Debra G (0)
Monday August 18, 2014, 10:49 pm
From the UK Daily Mail: "Now, Al-Bisan is far from relaxing, with the wire of its enclosures twisted and crushed, debris and dead animals strewn around, and the remains of militant rocket launchers lying nearby."

Please read those last seven words.


Stan B (123)
Monday August 18, 2014, 11:43 pm
Thanks Debra. I guessed as much.

Parsifal S (99)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 1:08 am

hmmm some animal lovers only...
Where is the rest of the + 20mio members ?

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 2:25 am
This is so sad. More innocent victims!
Thanks Sam.

fly b (26)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 2:37 am
Debra G/UK Mail online --

'nearby' - for IDF that means anything...
Pulling a sentence out of context from an article, Daily Mail.. or any other, even, is rather disingenuous IMO.

The article, which I read, says "on the edge of the park." That would cover quite an area ... 'nearby'.
"Hissi was insistent there had been no militant weapons inside the zoo."
"An Israeli army spokesman told AFP that the military was looking into allegations that it fired missiles in the Al-Bisan park area.

Imagine bombing 'on the edge/nearby' Hyde Park, Central Park, London Zoo, hospitals, schools, churches, homes, mosques, power plants, refugee centers, etc., etc., etc... zoos, animals, densely populated areas, homes, children, civilians..

These are violations of the Laws of War, deliberate attacks, designed to undermine negotiations, provoke and target the people of Gaza, and destroy their surroundings, and everything in them - animals, pets, nothing is sacred.

This isn't the first time, IDF claims it was targeting rocket launchers, "nearby".

Once again, these are allegations, and there is no evidence. IDF/Israeli government regularly makes allegations, without evidence and/or manufacturing so called 'evidence'.

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:10 am
Its so true what Natasha says, animals are always the ones who are forgotten.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:23 am
When is peace possible?

Dawn M (141)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 9:05 am
Sadly noted.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 10:48 am
How awful and really shows how devastating this situation is.

marie C (163)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:21 pm
The killing of animals for halal meat says it all also if a dog touches most Muslims they have to wash seven times.
As I think I have written many times I live near a Mosque in Regents Park if you see them scatter if I walk my dogs and the word HARAM is uttered they do not like animals they are unclean so I think Stan is probably right and Debra
I do not believe Israel would bomb a zoo but to a Muslim Its no big deal how many baby lambs were roasted
for the Ede Yuk
Robert O is spot on whoever did it shows how devastating this situation is

marie C (163)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 5:25 pm
Thank you to Ge M also I am aware of these atrocities towards animals

alice c (130)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 7:43 pm
Peace must speak louder than war.:((

Ondine J (134)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 8:38 pm
Heart breaking as is the killing of innocent civilians, war is ugly. If Israel has nothing to hide, why not the ICC?

Shirley S (187)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 10:58 pm
War touches people everywhere. Even here on this site people are arguing. I feel for those innocents dragged into an intolerable situation.

Marliese B (69)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 10:12 am
So sad and disgusting!!! No words!!!!!
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