Hamas leader in Gaza Mahmoud al-Zahar threatens to increase bloodshed and violence as Palestinians commemorate Naksa Day.

Rocket fire from Gaza

Rocket fire from Gaza Photo Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash 90

The final preparations in Israel for the annual Naksa Day events are underway as Hamas threatens that today will be the beginning of the next conflict. Naksa Day is when the Palestinians commemorate their loss in the Six Day War. During the week of Naksa Day and especially after Friday’s prayers, Hamas plans to promote violence along the border, the peak of which is expected to be the “March of a million to Jerusalem” on Friday.

However, the Palestinian committee that organizes the Naksa Day events has planned only symbolic and non-violent activity to commemorate the day. Conflicting stances within the several factions in Gaza led to discussions that concluded that a motorcade is going to drive towards the Erez border crossing area as a commemoration event.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a Hamas leader in Gaza, has threatened that the protests along the border are going to get bigger and bloodier if Israel does not ease the Gaza blockade. Al-Zahar was interviewed by Sky News Arabia and added, “If you, in the West, will find a solution for the citizens of Gaza, we can build a harbor within two months. It will enable our people to receive the social and economic aid through the acceptable channels – which will be distributed to the Strip’s poor people.”

In addition, Hamas’s ambassador to Iran commented on the Naksa Day week events and threatened, “We use non-violent methods like marches. If the enemy does not understand the message and reacts aggressively, we will respond with hundreds of missiles in one night on the heads of the Zionist settlers.”