After a week of deadly clashes along the Gaza border, Hamas is seeking to revive the violence with a massive march today.
Protesters near the border (archive) Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot/IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Hamas is encouraging Gaza residents to protest along the border with Israel and clash with IDF forces today, the first Friday of Ramadan. On Thursday, the terrorist group issued a call for mass participation in the border protest, claiming that it would honor the 63 Palestinians who were killed this week in the area.
“We are calling on young people to participate in the Friday clashes with determination to honor the dead and strengthen the legitimacy of the resistance,” Hamas wrote on its official website. “It’s very important to participate in the ‘Friday Honoring the Dead’ protests in response to the massacre the occupation committed against freedom fighters.”
Hamas has been organizing, funding, and controlling violent attacks against Israel over the past 8 weeks. This is what we defend against: pic.twitter.com/H6dKZFsX9e
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 17, 2018
While Hamas called the dead “freedom fighters,” the IDF revealed earlier this week that at least 24 of them were “terrorists with documented terror backgrounds.” In addition, a senior member of the terrorist group, Salah al-Bardawil, confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that at least 50 of them were Hamas members.
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, the International Spokesman of the IDF, posted a clip of the interview on his Twitter page. Conricus wrote that in the video, Bardwil “sets the record straight on who was killed in the last Hamas-orchestrated riot,” adding that it was proof that “this was no peaceful protest.”
Bardawi’s admission reinforces Israel’s claim that Hamas was using the violent protests to justify further attacks on Israel while taking advantage of the residents of Gaza to advance its own agenda.