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Thousand have signed: UN urged to condemn Hamas for Eco-terrorism

By Marc Henry - July 30, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [UN] [Hamas] [Jews]

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is behind a petition, which has been signed by nearly 8,000 in just two weeks, to make the United Nations (UN) condemn Hamas for Eco-terrorism in Gaza. 

In the petition WJC states that: “We call upon Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme, to condemn Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip for causing severe environmental damage to southern Israel.”
According to the WJC Hamas have burned thousands of tires and launched hundreds of incendiary devices into Israeli territory, leading to the release of toxic materials into the ecosystem as well as the destruction of more than 7,400 acres of land, hundreds of acres of wheat, and 2,700 acres of protected nature reserves.
In the petition, the WJC states that when the incendiary devices, often kites and helium balloons, which have been loaded with explosives and Molotov cocktails, touchdown in Israel, local wildlife are either killed or forced to flee their native habitats.
Furthermore, the petition states that forests and farmland have been ravaged and the livelihood of thousands of farmers has been shattered. According to WJC the cost of the damage has exceeded $3 million, and it will take years to reverse the ecological damage caused by Hamas.
The World Jewish Congress has set a goal of 10,000 signatures for the petition.
Earlier this month, on July 18, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP) Chairman Arthur Stark and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein urged environmental organisations in the US and abroad to join in condemning Hamas’ acts of eco-terrorism.
“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.”
While Hamas’ acts of eco-terrorism have been subject for condemning several times, the UN has not taken any action against the Palestinian organisation. Earlier in July Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, called upon UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed to condemn Hamas.
“As a country that proudly spearheads the advancement of agricultural technology at the United Nations and around the world through our bi-annual resolution on Agricultural Technology for Sustainable Development, it is infuriating to see the terrorists of Hamas do the opposite. Hamas is attacking Israel’s southern source of livelihood, and their acts of eco-terrorism have not only devastated land that provides food and livelihood to our civilians, but they have also caused irreparable damage to nature preserves and dozens of species of wildlife,” he continued:
“In the interest of protecting the lives of civilians, their livelihood and the productivity of our ecosystem, I request that you strongly condemn Hamas and hold the terrorist organisation accountable for these latest attacks.”
At the time of writing, there has been no official statement from the UN or Hamas regarding the current accusations of eco-terrorism.

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