Wednesday, May 05, 2010

When Wild Boars Attack

Wild Boar are indigenous to Israel's hilly regions, specifically the Shomron and Galil.

This sounds like a joke, but these animals terrorize local populations of Jews and Arabs alike. I know of a community in the Shomron where Wild Boar have moved into the community uninvited, and they've chased people at night.

This past Monday evening, a motorcyclist was killed in the Western Galil when he hit a wild boar on the road.

Don't be fooled -- these beasts can weigh up to 200 pounds, the males have very sharp tusks, and it takes more than a handgun's bullet to knock a charging wild boar off its feet.

While the Shomron Jews fret and wait for the State-licensed hunters to come and get rid of their boars, the local Arabs have decided its simply easier to blame their wild boar issues...on the Settlers, of course.

The Always-Reliable (and Objective) Maan Palestinian News Agency has the "scoop":
Salfit – Ma'an – A sounder [Jameel: What the heck is a sounder?] of wild boars destroyed several dunums of Palestinian farm land in the Salfit district on Sunday, local farmers said, prompting accusations of settler involvement.

Adjacent to the largest Israeli settlement in the West Bank, Ari'el, Salfit farmers are enclosed on all sides by urban centers that specialists say disrupt grazing patterns for the large animals.

What are termed "pig attacks" by farmers are often blamed on settlers, with rumors of malicious intentions based on repeated settler attacks on the area, with olive groves ruined and sewage pumped continuously into a local spring.

Considerable damage was done in the Al-Matwi, Ash-Shala and An-Nejarah areas, farmers said, with Othman Balasmah reporting that "the fields in Al-Matwi were totally destroyed."
I don't really follow their logic. First they claim it was the wild boar who destroyed their fields. Then the Arab farmers claim "Jewish involvement." Being adjacent to Ariel disrupts the grazing patterns of the Wild Boar?

Unfortunately for the Maan fact checkers and the "Salfit specialists", Ariel doesn't enclose Salfit...its only adjacent...there's more than a mile between them, and there's nothing on the other 3 sides of Salfit. See for yourself (Salfit is in the center, Ariel is to the North)


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What are termed "pig attacks" by farmers are often blamed on settlers, with rumors of malicious intentions based on repeated settler attacks on the area, with olive groves ruined and sewage pumped continuously into a local spring.

Are they calling settlers pigs?

And if we're already blaming settlers, a mosque in the Arab village of Luban al-Sharqiyya (Southern Shomron region) caught fire yesterday causing some serious damage. Israel radio announced that the IDF, Border Police, Shin Bet, Israeli Fire Department, and Palestinian Authority all immediately cooperated to determine the guilt of the settler arsonists...but alas, there's no proof of arson, and it looks like the fire was a result of a short circuit and was completely accidental.

That doesn't stop wacko news sites from unequivocally stating:

"Extremist Israeli settlers broke into a mosque in the Palestinian village of Luban al-Sharqiyya (near Nablus, North of West Bank) on Tuesday early morning, gathered flammables and set them fire, seriously damaging the 80% of the mosque."

And it doesn't stop the PA President, Mahmoud Abbas from calling the fire a "criminal" act that "represented a threat to the efforts to revive the peace process" because the Israeli army protects the settlers.

Slander is a criminal act, especially when said with malicious intent. Yet criminal behavior is nothing new to a terrorist like Mahmoud Abbas, who denies the Holocaust in his spare time.

He might also enjoy raising wild boar.



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11 comments:

Name/URL said...

Here in Haifa, we see wild boars all the time, and we find them cute and often a topic of conversation. Of course, most of us don't have private flower gardens which they eat. And most of us don't drive motorcycles.

Don't most communities in the Shomron have fences around them which would keep out wild boars?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Hi Name/URL - Thanks for dropping by!

The Shomron communities do have fences, but there are still ways through them (underneath, gates left open during daylight hours, etc.)

In the particular case of the community I mentioned, the boars can't get out because of the fence...

You find them, cute?! Must be the Haifa water ;-)

NormanF said...

Jameel of course, issues the wild boars instructions to pillage the Arab lands! Just kidding... you'd have to be pretty delusional to believe wild pigs in Israel serve only Jewish interests and that somehow everything bad in Salfit can be traced back to them! If only that was true.

Another rural legend dies hard.

annie said...

A few years ago we were hiking through Tel Dan and came to the end of the walk where there is a small wading pool. We sat around it, enjoying the cool shade, eating our lunch, when we heard a galloping noise and we saw all the other hikers scatter in terror. It took me a couple of seconds to identify the "horses" - they were two big fat enormous wild boars. They really were pretty frightening, though we had to laugh when they snaffled up all the kids' bamba. That shows they are obviously Zionist!

annie said...

By the way, I figured out what a "sounder of pigs" is. Assuming an auto-translation was used, "herd" and "sounder" might be interchangeable. Perhaps...

Jameel's old friend said...

This is a disgusting post. Your advocacy of book burning was bad enough, but now you've outdone yourself. I can't believe that you're justifying the destructive behavior of wild boars just because their victims happen to be Arabs. And this time, you didn't even bother with a "disclaimer". Your deafening silence echos across the cosmos.

Gedalia said...

Doesn't it say something in the gemara in Baba Kama about a Boar in a Bershut Harabbim?

The back of the hill said...

Hey Jameel, looks like you have a fan out there!

See this: http://infectiousasian.blogspot.com/2010/05/jewish-pigs.html

Clickably: snarky little girl

A breath of fresh air. Double entendre intended.

Anonymous said...

200lbs? Not for the wild boar (sus scrofa scrofa)in Israel. Israeli Boar tusks are between 20-35 cm long. The Israeli boar weigh around 150-300 kg. That's 330lbs for the small ones and 660lbs for the big ones.

Look http://www.vudaa.com/resimler/galeri/1237230971_5.jpg

Anonymous said...

I know I'm a year late and a dollar short but I laughed when I saw the photo. When I was growing up in rural areas of Pennsylvania, USA, there were lots of signs showing leaping deer to warn drivers. When I went to college, the road between home and there had a warning sign about a tractor crossing the road, which ran between a farmhouse and the machine shed.

Fast forward to the early 1990s when my sister and I took a vacation which included Bavaria in Germany. We drove down a road with substantial ponds on one side of the road and laughed our heads off at the sign showing a frog, warning motorists that they might cross the road. Imagine running over a herd (or whatever) of frogs. Ick.

So that's why the pig sign was so funny to me. I forwarded a copy to my sister.

Anonymous said...

I know I'm a year late and a dollar short but I laughed when I saw the photo. When I was growing up in rural areas of Pennsylvania, USA, there were lots of signs showing leaping deer to warn drivers. When I went to college, the road between home and there had a warning sign about a tractor crossing the road, which ran between a farmhouse and the machine shed.

Fast forward to the early 1990s when my sister and I took a vacation which included Bavaria in Germany. We drove down a road with substantial ponds on one side of the road and laughed our heads off at the sign showing a frog, warning motorists that they might cross the road. Imagine running over a herd (or whatever) of frogs. Ick.

So that's why the pig sign was so funny to me. I forwarded a copy to my sister.

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