Thursday, December 15, 2005

At Last, Useful Aid To Palestine

The Brits have figured out that the proper recipients of aid in the benighted land of Palestine are donkeys. The EU and EU should take note and switch their aid to the Palestinian SPCA.

Brits have long judged other nations by their treatment of animals - Brit troops in WW1 held their French allies in contempt because of their cruelty to horses. Their great granddaughters continue the good work, mitigating the sufferings of animals at the hands of another cruel people.

A former British Airways stewardess who is pioneering free health care for Palestinian donkeys received an early Christmas present yesterday when a charity promised £281,000 in support.

The pledge represented a ringing endorsement of the work of Lucy Fensom, 35, from Brighton, who has spent the past five years in Israel running a donkey sanctuary on a shoestring budget.

The money, promised over the next three years by Britain's Brooke Hospital for Animals, will help to develop her resting stations for donkeys, mules and horses from
Palestinian communities occupied by Israel.

What started as a one-donkey operation has grown hugely as word has spread among Arabs on both sides of the barrier that free care is available.

"This is not a touchy-feely exercise, but a project based on common sense," she said. "If the farmer looks after his donkey well, it will work a lot longer and be of greater value in the long run. Some of the animals are in a bad way, with awful saddle sore and cuts from where the harness rubs away at the skin. But with a bit of education and care we are already seeing results."

Learning to care for animals is the first step on the road to civilzation. Contrast the work of this brave woman with this report (not verified by non-Israeli media) on how the Palestinian government uses our aid:

The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has approved a new law, providing monetary grants to the families of suicide bombers.

Abbas gave his approval just six days ago, a day before a suicide bomber struck the HaSharon Mall in Netanya, killing five Israelis and wounding scores of others.

My money's on the donkey lady to rescue these barbarians.