The Middle-Eastern group Hamas operates schools, hospitals and community centers in Palestinian territories. It also has a knack for wiring its followers with high powered explosives and sending them off with a bang, via a pit stop on a crowded Jerusalem street.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also maintains a warm and fuzzy exterior. As far as most people are concerned, its most aggressive moments come when agitating against what it calls “false advertising” by meat and dairy producers. But, like Hamas, PETA also supports terrorists.

A brief overview for the uninitiated: PETA made a sizable donation last year to the North American Earth Liberation Front, which claimed credit for the 1998 firebombing of a Vail Ski Resort and literally hundreds of other crimes.

PETA paid over $70,000 to Rodney Coronado, convicted of firebombing a Michigan State University research facility; $7,000 to Fran Trutt, convicted of attempting to kill a medical research CEO with a homemade nail bomb; and $5,000 to an Animal Liberation Front-affiliated “activist” named Josh Harper, whom news accounts have described as attacking Native American whaling boats. And that’s just an overview.

PETA spokesmen argue that “arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are ‘acceptable crimes’ when used for the animal cause.” They loudly proclaim: “it would be great if all the fast-food outlets, slaughterhouses, these laboratories, and the banks who fund them exploded tomorrow.”

Now the violence-prone group is holding a holiday auction, telling its apparently irony-starved supporters that “every cent you spend helps bring peace on earth a little bit closer.” PETA’s pleasant platitudes should not obscure the terrorism with which its officers have so blithely associated themselves.

The FBI began moving against Hamas in 1998. Since September 11, the Feds have frozen the assets of several purportedly charitable organizations that fund Islamic terrorists. Now it should be PETA’s turn.