[News] PNA Slams Israel for Using Dogs against Palestinian Children
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Thu Dec 1 13:33:14 EST 2005
PNA Slams Israel for Using Dogs against
Palestinian Children, Mofaz Threatens to Close Israeli Border with Gaza Strip
Palestine Media Center PMC
The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on
Wednesday sharply criticized Israel for
unleashing sniffer dogs against Palestinian
children and launching military incursions into
the West Bank, which wounded at least ten teenagers in Nablus yesterday.
Meanwhile Israeli Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz
threatened the PNA on Wednesday to close the
Israel-Gaza Strip border if proper control over
the Egypt-Gaza border is not put in place.
Twelve-year-old Palestinian boy Mohammed Qasem
was sleeping at his home in the northern West
Bank town of Jenin when he was attacked by a
sniffer dog unleashed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).
Qasem was seriously wounded from dog bites in the
thigh, said medics at the Rafidaya hospital in the city of Nablus.
In an official statement, the PNA said the
ongoing Israeli military offensive in the West
Bank and the use of dogs against Palestinian
children were completely condemned and rejected.
Media reports revealed recently that a Jewish
institution in the United States had donated 300
police dogs to Israel four months ago to help
Israel fight Palestinian anti-occupation activists.
On Wednesday also more than twenty IOF jeeps
stormed into the Ras al-Ain district of Nablus
where Israeli troops surrounded several
Palestinian homes and clashed with teenager protesters.
At least ten Palestinian teenagers were wounded
by IOF live fire and rubber-coated bullets,
including a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the
head. The boy was rushed to the hospital in very
serious condition, according to Haaretz.
Palestinian medics said two other Palestinians
were wounded by live fire and seven others were wounded by rubber bullets.
The IOF troops detained three Palestinian
activists after wounding one of them in Nablus.
Overnight Wednesday eleven so-called wanted
Palestinians in the West Bank were also detained in Bethlehem and Jenin.
Separately, the Israeli Defense Minister Sha'ul
Mofaz warned the PNA on Wednesday that if proper
control over the Egypt-Gaza border is not put in
place, then Israel will close the Israel-Gaza Strip border.
Following a visit to the Rafah and Kerem Shalom
border terminals between Gaza-Israel and Egypt,
Mofaz said that border control was incomplete and
warned, If the situation does not improve and
the Palestinians don't cooperate, we will close
crossings. They will become international
borders, with all that that entails. I hope that
the Palestinians understand the significance of such a step.
Mofaz was warning against the entry to the Gaza
Strip of several Palestinian leading
anti-occupation figures who were either deported
by the IOF or could not come back home before
Israel completed the evacuation of its military
and settlers from the coastal strip on September 12.
Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported on
Tuesday that senior Hamas official, Fadel Zahar,
who previously lived abroad, crossed into the
Gaza Strip through Egypt only days after the
reopening of the Rafah border crossing.
Zahar was deported from Gaza in 1991. His
brother, Mahmoud Zahar, is the top leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Other Hamas members who have returned to Gaza
since Israel's withdrawal include according to Israeli media:
**Rafik al-Hasanat, a senior member of Hamas, who
has been wanted by Israel for more than a decade.
He crossed through Rafah last week.
**Sheikh Ahmad al-Milh, one of the founders of
Hamas, returned in October to the Gaza Strip
after spending 20 years in different Arab countries.
**Nihro Masoud, one of the founders of Hamas who
fled to Egypt 14 years ago and spent most of his
time in Sudan, returned to Gaza in September.
Israel receives 300 anti-terrorism dogs from the United States
PNN, Gaza 12:45 pm 15.10.05
Israeli media sources reported on Saturday that
Israel recently received 300 well-trained
anti-terrorism dogs from the United States and
might use them against Palestinian activists in the West Bank.
The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronot said the dogs
were brought from the United States on a special
Israeli plane, adding that the Israeli army would
use these imported dogs in their raids on Palestinian towns.
Palestinians said the Israeli army has recently
stepped up their use of sniffing dogs in
arresting wanted Palestinians, adding that these
dogs are fierce and aggressive and can cause
severe physical and psychological damage.
The daily confirmed this, saying the dogs have
the ability to pinpoint and attack their target
but in the meantime cause harm to the Palestinians being arrested.
The report said the donation of the 300 dogs to
Israel was made by a Jewish organization in the
United States, which convinced officials in the
State Department to send the dogs to Israel to fight Palestinian terrorism.
The daily quoted a senior Israeli army officer
saying trainers had started training the US dogs
to use them in raids on the houses of wanted Palestinians.
US Pups for Peace sending bomb-sniffing dogs
By MELISSA RADLER, Aug. 31, 2002
Pups for Peace, an organization founded by US
Jews and the Israeli-based Golan Fund to help
Israel defend itself against suicide attacks,
announced on Thursday that it plans to provide
1,000 trained dogs capable of detecting
explosives to the Israel Police and the IDF by 2004.
The organization, which held a fundraising
luncheon on Thursday chaired by Gov. George
Pataki, is currently training its first 60 dogs,
along with 20 Israeli trainers, in a two-month
bomb detection course at a facility in Los Angeles.
The dogs are scheduled to fly to Israel in
October for an additional 30-day training program
in the Golan Heights, after which they'll be
deployed to sites throughout the country,
including supermarkets, sports events, and discos.
The dogs are trained to locate an explosives
source and indicate the find to its handler,
after which the military or police takes over to
prevent an explosion, said the group's director
of canine operations, Mike Herstik.
He noted that the dogs are not trained to
physically engage a suspected bomber, and that to
date, just two dogs have been killed while searching for explosives in Israel.
At the luncheon, the organization's founders
named a four-year old Labrador after Pataki to
thank him for his support. The dog, which was
originally named Nitro, will now be known as
Gershon, a Hebraicized version of George.
"I am delighted that this pup, that will help
ensure peace in Israel, has been named after me," said Pataki.
He praised the group's founders, who include
Herstik, Los Angeles-based economist Glenn Yago
and the head of the Golan Fund, Ronnie Lotan, for
helping Israelis by boosting the state's security measures.
"We support the people and the State of Israel,
not by building bombs and taking lives, but by
trying to provide security and hope," said Pataki.
Training 1,000 dogs is expected to cost $6-8
million, and Herstik noted that the group still
needs to raise funds to train its second group of
150 dogs, which are slated to start their training course in November.
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