|Animal rights campaigners have complained to
Yasser Arafat after a donkey was blown up in a bomb attack in the West
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has sent a letter
to the Palestinian leader to protest at last month's blast near Jerusalem.
No humans were killed when the donkey was strapped with explosives and
detonated, but the attack narrowly missed an Israeli bus carrying soldiers.
"We have received many calls and letters from people shocked at the
bombing," Peta president Ingrid Newkirk wrote.
"If you have the opportunity, will you please add to your burdens my
request that you appeal to all those who listen to you to leave the animals
out of this conflict?"
Ms Newkirk says she has not asked Mr Arafat to try to stop suicide bombings
that kill people.
"It's not my business to inject myself into human wars," she told the
She adopted a polite tone in the letter because the group always try
to "ask nicely" the first time, a Peta spokesman says.
A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington said: "When you have
a regime that has no respect for human life, can you really expect them
to respect animal life?"