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Condemn Hamas’ Eco-Terrorism Now!

New York, NY – The Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) strongly condemn Hamas eco-terrorism attacks against Israel and its people.  We urge the international community to do everything in its power to preclude future such attacks.
For more than three months, Hamas has carried out eco-terrorism attacks against Israel and its people. With the use of incendiary devices attached to kites, balloons, and even protected birds, such as kestrels, these acts of arson have set fire to approximately 8000 acres of land, which includes sensitive ecosystems. These fires have caused devastating damage to fragile ecosystems, some 1500 acres of important farmland, and human communities. Most of this damage has occurred in nature reserves and parks, destroying habitats and killing many animals.  The fires have also led to severe air pollution, exposing increasing numbers of children and their families to toxic smoke, which can lead to serious health problems.
For many years, environmental cooperation across Middle East borders has been a bright spot amid continued political unrest and armed conflict. From joint efforts to curb water contamination and preserve safe drinking water to “birds across borders” programs that have helped Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli farmers protect their crops using barn owls instead of toxic pesticides, governments and environmental groups have worked together to improve the health of the environment and the human communities that depend on it.
These acts not only threaten environmental cooperation, but inspire other terrorist groups to copy these attacks in other regions of the world.
We call on governmental and environmental organizations, here in the U.S. and around the world to join with us in condemning these attacks and putting a stop to them before the damage spreads further.

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