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US Jewish Leaders Call for Global Condemnation of Hamas for ‘Eco-Terrorism’ Attacks Against Israel

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A fire in an Israeli agricultural field near the border with Gaza. Photo: Flash90.

Hamas must be castigated globally for the kite bomb and incendiary balloon attacks it has been conducting against Israel in recent months, two top American Jewish leaders said on Tuesday.

“These are acts of terror that must be condemned by all those who profess to care about the poisoning of the atmosphere and the destruction of the ecosystem, let alone peace in the region,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP) Chairman Arthur Stark and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement. “We urge environmental organizations in the US and abroad as well as people of good will to join in condemning these acts of eco-terrorism.”

“With every day that passes more children and families are inhaling the toxic smoke, more farmers are losing their crops, and more nature reserves are suffering irreversible destruction,” they continued. “We implore governments, officials, and opinion leaders to join us in making it a priority to end the arson and protect the lives of civilians, their homes and farms, and the productivity and protection of this precious resource. Failure to do so will assure that this new form of terrorism will be repeated elsewhere.”

The CoP explained:

Throughout the past 100 days Hamas launched countless flammable materials and explosives via kites, balloons, and other devices into Israeli territory. Hamas has taken children’s toys and used them to spark daily fires that have not only harmed Israeli residents but have burned thousands of acres of farmland, parks, and forests. Hamas has even used birds wrapped in flammable materials to ignite fires over the border. To date they have destroyed 32,000 dunams (7-8,000 acres) of land, the majority of which is in nature reserves and parks as well as 1,500 acres of productive farmland.

The damages of the arson terror are devastating to the economy, disruptive of life, and endangering the environment. This latest incarnation of the terrorist war being carried out by Hamas and other Iranian-backed groups in Gaza, has caused broad environmental damage, devastation to nature reserves and forests, serious air pollution, loss of life of wildlife species, millions in economic loss and more.

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