On Saturday evening, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman slammed the international community for criticizing Israel for responding to violence along the Gaza border while ignoring the serious crimes committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Palestinian protesters Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman praised Saturday evening the security forces that dealt with the massive protest along the Gaza border on Friday. He also slammed Hamas, claiming that the terrorist group sent terrorists dressed up as civilians to harm Israel’s security.

“This Passover, which is ending now, was the quietest and safest that we’ve known in the past few years,” he stated. “Our perpetration along the Gaza border proved to be worthwhile. The people of Israel owe a great thanks to the thousands of IDF soldiers, Shin Bet [agents] and Israel Police [officers] who worked very hard and thwarted every attempt to challenge us.”

Liberman also condemned the international response to the border clashes: “Over the weekend, [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad murdered 48 civilians, including eight children and six women. The UN Secretary-General did not call for a commission of inquiry. The UN Security Council did not convene. The Arab League ignored it, and the BBC, of course, didn’t hear or see anything.”   

“Hamas is sending terrorists disguised as civilians to harm our sovereignty and the world is presenting this terrorist march as a civilian protest,” he added. “This is a festival of hypocrisy.”

Earlier on Saturday, the European Union reiterated its call for Israel and Gaza to act with restraint in the wake of the deadly clashes and urged both sides to clarify the reports of violence.

“Yesterday, at least nine Palestinians, including a minor and a journalist wearing a ‘press’ jacket, were killed in Gaza and hundreds were injured by Israeli live fire,” the EU said in a statement. “This raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed. Reports by the Israeli Defense Forces about throwing of stones and firebombs against their positions and attempts to cross the fence into Israel must also be clarified.”

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit clarified yesterday the military would investigate the claims that it had killed the Palestinian journalist. “The IDF is committed to preventing infiltration into Israel, as well as threats against our troops and Israeli civilians,” the statement read. “The IDF does not target journalists. The circumstances that led to journalists allegedly being harmed by IDF fire are not known to us and are being investigated.”