‘Terrorist’ Donkey Escapes Kidnapping by the Israeli Army
It was a bright April day when a farmer in the village of Qaryut (south-east of Nablus) brought his donkey to the top of the hill, where the grass was greener.
It’s daily routine for farmers in Palestine as elsewhere to move their donkeys around their land in search for a better meal and a change of scenery. But this particular donkey was special: according to the Israeli occupation, it was a ‘terrorist donkey’ – thus a threat to security – and had to be removed from the area or else be kidnapped by the Israeli army, apparently in preventative self-defence.
Soldiers explained to the farmer that his donkey “needs coordination”, i.e. the farmer must first ask the occupation for a permission for the donkey to feed on its owner’s land. Yes. There you go.
In the end, the ‘terrorist’ donkey – which is pregnant – was saved from being arrested by the Israeli army and is now safe and sound under an olive tree on the farmer’s land, a few metres away from where it was threatening the security of illegal Israeli colonies around Qaryut.
Read about the donkey rescue from a colony operation IWPS participated in last year in Deir Istiya.