In Gaza, Palestinians are being asked to hand over any pictures or videos from the “March of Return” event as a legal team prepares to sue IDF soldiers and officers involved in Israel’s response. The team is said to be composed of legal experts from several countries.
Palestinian protesters Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90
The Coordinating Committee of the Great March of Return has established a special committee to collect evidence and build cases against IDF soldiers and officers who were involved in Israel’s response to Friday’s massive border protests, Hadashot news reported on Monday.
The committee, which plans to accuse the Israeli servicemen of war crimes, reportedly includes several legal experts from different countries and the Palestinian Authority. As part of committee’s efforts to build cases against the Israelis, the organizers of the march are asking the tens of thousands of Palestinian participants to hand over any pictures or videos from the event.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited the towns near the Gaza border on Tuesday. “I came here to express my appreciation and gratitude to the IDF soldiers who did professional work—determined work—and allowed the nation of Israel to celebrate the first night of Passover and the Passover holiday, at least until today, in peace, security and happiness,” Liberman stated.
“I would like to express my appreciation to the Gaza periphery residents who continued with their normal routines, didn’t panic and weren’t scared,” he added. Liberman then warned Hamas and the residents of the coastal enclave against holding additional border protests. “I think the other side also understands that they shouldn’t continue and I’m warning them against the continuation of the provocation,” he said. “We’ve outlined clear rules of the game and we aren’t planning to change them. Every person who approaches the fence is endangering his life.”
In the massive “March of Return” event, 17 Palestinians were killed. The IDF stressed that the people who were shot had approached the security fence and were threatening the soldiers on the other side of the border. In addition, the Israeli military clarified that at least 11 of the Palestinians who were killed were known terrorists. Two of them were even Hamas members who opened fire on IDF soldiers during the event.