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July 19, 2016 12:53 pm

Pregnant Mare Rescued From Palestinian Abuser After Israeli Policemen Summon Equine Welfare Organization (VIDEO)

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An abused pregnant donkey, rescued by Israeli policemen and the Pegasus Society. Photo: Screenshot.

An abused pregnant mare, rescued by Israeli policemen and the Pegasus Society. Photo: Screenshot.

Video footage of the rescue of a pregnant mare from the severe abuse of its Palestinian owner has been circulating widely on the Internet since its posting on the Facebook page of an Israeli organization devoted to saving equines.

The four-minute clip, filmed by cellphone camera, shows two Israeli policemen first refusing to allow an 11-year-old Palestinian boy from Qalqilya in the West Bank to continue beating the female donkey with a switch, and then summoning a volunteer from the Pegasus Society to come and take the animal to a safe shelter.

Pegasus was founded in 2004 by Zvika Tamuz, of “Moked Hai” (Living Hotline). According to its website,

Zvika has raised horses for more than twenty years. In 2004 he became aware of the phenomenon of horse and donkey abuse in Israel, ever since different animal welfare organizations began referring him cases involving these animals, knowing that he had the know-how and the place to care for them, since he kept horses of his own.

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News that somebody takes care of horses and donkeys spread quickly. The National Traffic Police, the National Roads Association and municipal vets, who did not know what to do with these animals, also took the opportunity to call Zvika every time they encountered a stray horse or donkey wandering alone in traffic.

As is seen in the video – which has garnered some 270,000 reactions and nearly 4,000 shares — the Israeli policemen knew whom to contact when they encountered the boy beating the donkey. Also viewed is a Pegasus volunteer gently removing the saddle and chains from the animal, which has bloody sores all over its body. He then walks the pregnant donkey into a special van to transport her to Tamuz’s farm, as the boy attempts to prevent the police and the Pegasus worker from taking the animal away.

The boy’s behavior is part of a wider practice involving the Palestinians’ use of donkeys to transport scrap iron they collect or steal in the area of the Sharon plane bordering the PA.

In the video, the police are explaining to the Pegasus volunteer that they have phoned the boy’s parents and told them to come and collect their son at the checkpoint. Meanwhile, the adults reprimand the boy — calling him by his name, Abed — and tell him to look at the harm he has done to the animal, while also coaxing him to wait with them for his father to arrive.

Pegasus founder Tamuz described the incident, which took place on July 17, both in his native Hebrew and in English, as follows:

A boy from Qalqilya arrived with a bitten, injured, pregnant mare to peddle. Incidentally I was at the hospital with my father for a checkup when I received the call from the police regarding the injured mare and I send Jacob to get her.

On my way home via train, at the stock exchanged in Tel-Aviv, life goes on – young, smiling people wearing ties with name tags are eating lunch at restaurants. When hearing the story about the mare and the boy I thought about us – unlike policemen that have shifts, we are on call 24/7. No one can substitute us. Maybe we are the crazy ones.

All the donkeys and horses in the state of Israel depend on us. The boy from Qalqilya is depending on the mare. We do not have the ability to feed all the donkeys, and the boy does not have the ability to feed himself; and in Tel-Aviv everybody is smiling and wearing ties.

There is no logic and no solution, and I do not know who is right, but you there in Tel-Aviv and other places should understand that these are not our donkeys; they belong to all of us – to those who care of course!

We do not complain, however we need to cope with taking care and feeding them and all the others that wait out there to be rescued by a policeman who will call us tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

We take all the rescued donkeys and feed them as that boy who needs to feed his family, and by doing so hurts the mare that actually helps him.

What a world. Go figure who is right? Can we judge the other? Are we judging him only from our point of view?

So, to summarize a hot, sad and frustrating day, I just wanted to tell you that there is something that you can do, and if a lot of you will do it, together we can keep taking care of them. Go to our website and adopt one of our crippled donkeys for $5 per month and change the situation.

It goes without saying that we will keep rescuing donkeys that are treated badly, but since you are part of our family, we would like to hear your thought about this kid from Qalqilya (no racist’s comments please).

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  • nat cheiman

    Lack of education can be a terrible thing. It appears that palestinian leadership is also in need of a good education

  • ed g

    This kid shows a prime example of how palestinian arabs are taught to disrespect Israelis. I just saw an article today showing a palestinian kid about the same age that was caught by Syrian rebels. They decided to make a video, they put the boy on back of a pickup truck and cut his head off!!!
    These kids dont know who is their real enemy.

    Im glad that the poor animal will be tended to.

  • Jay Lavine

    The title given this article demonstrates a poor choice of words that tends to bring out the worst in hatemongers and bigots. Palestinian abuser? We’re talking about an unsupervised 11-year-old boy! Juvenile delinquency occurs among people of all nationalities. As for animal abuse, which it obviously was, people who come from Western countries may be more sensitized to animal welfare issues.

    We should recall that, when Bil’am struck his donkey three times, it was because the donkey stopped short when an angel invisible to Bil’am blocked the donkey’s path. Bil’am had been on his way to curse B’nai Yisrael. We should try to avoid cursing anyone based on nationality.

  • A Zionist

    Apart from the abuse which the Palestinian child does not seem to understand, it shows how “scared” Palestinian children are of Israeli police. So much for “Israeli brutality towards Arab children!” Like the family of Bassem Tamimi “Shirley Temper” who claim Israeli brutalisation and deliberately set up their children to assault the IDF and catch them on video by left-wing Israelis who happen to be at the precise location, this video clearly shows the level of child abuse within Palestinian society.

    The Tamimi family are paid by left-wing NGOs such as B’Tselem & Amnesty International to go on “tours” which are anti-Israel propaganda. Recently, America deported Bassem Tamimi because he lied on his US visa. Tamimi’s 13 year old son, Mohammed, was caught on camera in a “headlock” by an IDF soldier when Mohammed was throwing rocks. Naturally the “left-wing” condemned Israeli brutality. However, in the Arab world, the IDF soldier, who was bitten by “Shirley Temper”, Mohammed’s sister and other family relatives, was praised for not retaliating. Indeed, one Egyptian commented that had this happened in Egypt, the family would have been shot!

  • That child clearly shows no respect for the police, nor any concern for the donkey, I am guessing that he doesn’t know any better. The police showed compassion for the donkey and a ton of patience for that little boy.

  • vera hachuel suissa

    I agree with you, poor boy that need the help of the donkey to have a better life.
    Only for that reason, he should respect the life and well being of that animal that is helping him to live.
    And I am not talking of love, only of material reasons.
    he should take care of the donkey,but his reaction is only violence, against the animal and against the policemen.
    Usually, they compare donkeys to jews, that’s the reason they abuse the donkey.
    Those children learned this from their parents, they don’ t learn how to love, but how to hate, and yes, I judge: this is very sad, they are abusing not only the animals, but also their children.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    The moral of this story : If the so-called “Palestinians” cannot treat their fellow human beings with respect how can they be expected to treat animals with respect. I am just happy that the poor donkey is now in safe Israeli hands.

  • Josephine Bacon

    His parents taught him to be cruel to animals. The same attitude prevails in many countries, such as Spain. I hope the poor creature will be well cared for from now on.

  • Neal Frenkel

    Maybe the dishonorable Marsha Levine of the U.K. ought to be asked to comment on the relative behaviors of the 13 year old girl she held in contempt and this miscreant and which is more likely to contribute to the cause of peace.

  • brenrod

    that snot kid deserved a beating along with the parents who raised him to be a rude POS. Now I see that the pals are already rotten low lives as kids. I dont know why there is any sympathy for that rude little b@stard

  • Ani

    And what of the child? He seems so full of anger, striking out at the donkey and the police. Will anyone look into what his home life is like before he arms himself with a knife and tries to stab someone in the street, bus, store or their home? His anger comes from somewhere. And kudos to the police for caring about the donkey and being patient with the boy.

  • I would love to have a donkey, as a pet and as a mode of transportation. Is that possible? In a city in Israel? Say, Jerusalem? Can they be housebroken?

  • “What have I done to you that you have hit me these three times?” — Numbers 22:28

    A true lesson in “Ehrfurcht vor dem Leben,” to use the term of the late Albert Schweitzer

    “The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all He has made” — from the Ashrei (Psalms 145:9), recited by Jews thrice daily

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