The "World's Most Moral Army" likes to shoot Zoo animals at Point Blank Range
Israeli troops shot and killed zoo animals
By Ashraf Helmi and Megan Hirons January 25, 2009
The Gaza Zoo reeks of death. But zookeeper Emad Jameel Qasim doesn't appear to react to the stench as he walks around the animals' enclosures.
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 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.
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."
I imagine the "world's most moral army" left their signature calling card in the zoo's main building by dropping clumps of their own feces all over the place and using some of that substance to write slurs against Arabs on the walls, like they have in the past in other Gazan home invasions.
Lest anyone think that the most recent wrecking of the Gaza Zoo was an aberration, think again:
The Day the Tanks Arrived at Rafah Zoo
Among ruined houses, a haven for Gaza's children lies in rubble by Chris McGreal in al-Brazil, Rafah May 22, 2004
Ask to be directed to the latest wave of Israeli destruction in Rafah's al-Brazil neighborhood and many fingers point towards the zoo.
Amid the rubble of dozens of homes that the Israeli army continued yesterday to deny demolishing, the wrecking of the tiny, but only, zoo in the Gaza Strip took on potent symbolism for many of the newly homeless.
The butchered ostrich, the petrified kangaroo cowering in a basement corner, the tortoises crushed under the tank treads - all were held up as evidence of the pitiless nature of the Israeli occupation.
"People are more important than animals," said the zoo's co-owner Mohammed Ahmed Juma, whose house was also demolished. "But the zoo is the only place in Rafah that children could escape the tense atmosphere. There were slides and games for children. We had a small swimming pool. I know it's hard to believe, looking at it now, but it was beautiful. Why would they destroy that? Because they want to destroy everything about us."
The army also initially denied that soldiers deliberately wrecked the zoo.
The destruction was comprehensive. The fountain and its tiles were a jumble of rubble in one corner. There was no sign of the swimming pool.
One of the ostriches lay half buried in the rubble. Guinea fowl and ducks were laid out in a row. Goats and a deer struggled with broken legs.
Some of the animals were still on the loose, if not buried under the debris. One of the two kangaroos was missing; the other was cowering in the basement. A snake and three monkeys were unaccounted for. Mr Juma accused Israeli soldiers of stealing valuable African parrots.
The army's explanation evolved through the day. At first it said it had not destroyed the zoo, then it said a tank may have accidentally reversed into it.
By the end of yesterday, the military said its soldiers had been forced to drive through the zoo because an alternative route was booby-trapped by Palestinian explosives.
Finally a spokesman said the soldiers had released the animals from their cages in a compassionate gesture to prevent them being harmed.
Tell one lie and if that don't fly, tell another. If that one fails, then tell another.
Using a tank to run over and crush slow moving tortoises is just one tiny glimpse into the true inner beauty of the Jewish soul.
I guess someone with class and sophistication could work out an intelligent sounding metaphor about the caged zoo animals being shot at point blank range and the caged Gazans being shot at point blank range, but I've never been accused of having class or sophistication.
I'll just have to say that Apartheid Israel and those invovled in these butcheries and those who support that Zionist nightmare are a bunch of no-good SOB's who are devoid of any humanity.
They're not human, but like that creature in "Alien" that used human bodies for a host, killing that person in the process while the rest of the monsters would kill anything in site..... except for their fellow monsters.