Israel Update: 4 April 2018
HAMAS INSTIGATED RIOTS ON THE GAZA BORDER LAST FRIDAY
The violence which began with burning tyres, slinging rocks, and the hurling of Molotov cocktails quickly escalated to live gunfire on the IDF. Under the cover of live fire and the smokescreen from burning tyres, armed terror organizations were attempting to breach the border and cross into Israel with weapons. This was not a non-violent “protest” or “march”
The I.D.F. identified at least 10 of the 15 people reported killed during violent protests along the Gaza security fence as members of Palestinian terrorist groups, and published a list of their names and positions in the organizations. The army said that its sharpshooters targeted only those taking explicit violent action against Israeli troops or trying to break through or damage the security fence. All the fatalities were men of military age.
Two Palestinian terrorists opened fire on IDF forces near the border fence in northern Gaza on Friday. The IDF spokesperson said this was further evidence that Hamas was using the protests to carry out terrorist attacks.
IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Manelis said that the protest – billed as nonviolent – was “not a nonviolent protest. It was an organized, Hamas act of terror using civilians as a cover.” “Hundreds of terrorists used the demonstration as cover to perpetrate violent acts…. Israel said all of those killed were engaged in violence against its soldiers and released videos showing Palestinian snipers shooting at soldiers.
The Israeli Defence Minister said Sunday that those Palestinians who protested peacefully were not harmed, and he rejected accusations of excessive use of force on Friday. He said troops acted appropriately by only firing on protesters who charged toward Gaza’s border with Israel. Israel says thousands of Palestinians approached the border, with hundreds engaged in acts of violence.
The IDF Spokesman described as “nonsense” claims by Gaza health officials that 800 Palestinians were injured by live fire, saying the number of live fire injuries was more likely in the dozens, with the rest hit by rubber bullets or tear gas
The IDF released images of the weapons found near the Gaza border fence after two terrorists tried to attack IDF positions.
IDF troops thwarted an infiltration attempt by three terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/979763899372359680
Meticulous planning went into organizing the “March of Return” along the Gaza border fence. About 250 buses brought 30,000 people to the border area. Some are relatives of Hamas operatives and public officials. Not everyone participated willingly. Some were forced. This was no peaceful, popular demonstration. Attempts were made to vandalize the border fence, and the demonstrators were used as cover for an attempted attack against IDF forces
The Israeli army accused the Hamas terrorist organization of sending a 7-year-old girl to the Gaza security fence during deadly protests on Friday.
She was spotted by soldiers as she approached the security fence. The troops, who were on the Israeli side, met the girl as she reached the fence, an army spokesperson said. “When the IDF troops realized it was a girl, they picked her up and made sure that she could get back to her parents safely,” the army said. It did not say how it coordinated with girl’s parents on the Gaza side.
Hamas announced shortly after Friday’s clashes that five of the Palestinians killed by IDF gunfire were members of the terror group’s military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The group published photos of the men wearing combat uniforms and armed with assault rifles.
Friday’s march in Gaza is a dress rehearsal for the main event planned for six weeks from now, when mass protests are planned for Nakba Day, when Palestinians mark the “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel and the ensuing war. The day is also when the U.S. will inaugurate its new embassy in Jerusalem.
Israel’s TV news reported Tuesday that Gazans were piling up thousands of tires to burn on Friday to create black smoke to hinder snipers. Marchers were also told to carry mirrors to dazzle the snipers.
Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Statement 31 March 2018
The border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip separates a sovereign state and a terrorist organization.
It separates a state that protects its citizens from murderers who send their countrymen into danger. The fence separates an army that uses force in self-defence and in a focused and proportionate manner, and Hamas, an organization that sanctifies murder and death, that for years – yesterday included – has been intent on harming millions of Israelis.
Anyone who mistakenly views in this murderous spectacle even an iota of freedom of expression is blind to the threats the State of Israel faces.
The march on Israel’s southern border is being organized and orchestrated by Hamas in a deliberate attempt to provoke a violent confrontation with Israel.
SAVE A CHILD’S HEART NGO
Established in 1996, Save a Child’s Heart at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel, has provided life-saving cardiac surgery for 4,400 children from 55 developing countries, and on Thursday received the 2018 United Nations Population Award for outstanding achievements in health.
UK AID TO P.A.
More than £20 million of British aid money has been spent on Palestinian schools in the past year, despite ministers knowing the official curriculum could incite pupils to become martyrs and jihadists. A report by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (Impact-SE) on the revised 2017 PA curriculum for schools in the West Bank said it “exerts pressure over young Palestinians to acts of violence.” The report concludes that “radicalization is more pervasive across this new curriculum” than the one that it has replaced, and that “the curriculum’s focus appears to have expanded from demonization of Israel to providing a rationale for war.” One poem taught to nine-year-olds calls for “sacrificing blood,” “eliminating the usurper,” and “annihilat[ing] the remnants of the foreigners.”
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview published Monday, was asked whether he believes “the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland,” he replied: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.”
Chinese drugmaker Kanghong has completed the first step of a $47-million deal to exclusively run the China operations of Israeli glaucoma-treatment-developer IOPtima Ltd. East Asians experience the highest rate of blindness in the world from one of the two most common types of glaucoma
Israeli researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have reportedly discovered technologies that would enable computers to run 100 times faster through the use of terahertz microchips.
Intel Corp. unveiled on Tuesday what it called the “best processor” for laptops Intel “has ever built” – the 8th Gen Intel Core i9 – designed by its development team in Haifa, Israel.
Each year before Passover, Israel must dispose of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of leavened goods hametz – mostly wheat and barley products as Jews cannot possess such products, during the festival, according to Jewish law. Last Thursday, as he has done for 20 years, Hussein Jabar, 57, an Arab Israeli hotelier from Abu Ghosh, outside Jerusalem, met with Israel’s chief rabbis to buy all the hametz, whose ownership will revert back after the holiday
Around 100,000 people took part in the Passover priestly blessing of the kohanim (members of the priestly line) at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday morning.
Christian Arab Border Police volunteer proposes during Israel Independence Day ceremony rehearsal (1 minute 15 seconds)
COMMENT & OPINION
Ben Caspit: The fact that the recent event ended with 16 casualties, 12 of whom have already been identified as Hamas terrorists, but without any casualties among the women and children, is a very significant achievement on our part.” “No country in the world would allow terrorists to break through its borders. All anyone has to do is to listen to the leaders of Hamas. They did not call this event a demonstration against the occupation but a March of Return.”
Adam Levick: Hamas’s staged, six-week long provocation on Israel’s border titled the “Great Return March” which began on March 30th took months of planning and siphoned off an estimated $10 million from government coffers, funds that of course could have been spent on infrastructure and other projects to relieve the suffering of the enclave’s population…
The fact that 10 out of the 16 Palestinians killed since Friday have been verified by the IDF as members of terrorist groups, or that the border protests have included the throwing of Molotov cocktails, the planting of IEDs and – in at least two cases – shots fired at Israeli forces hasn’t hampered the desired media narrative: a ‘disproportionate’ Israeli response to ‘peaceful’ Palestinian protesters.
In a March 31, 2018 article in the Kuwaiti government daily Al-Watan, columnist ‘Abdallah Al-Hadlaq harshly criticized the Hamas-led “Great Return March” initiative, stating that protests of this sort lead to chaos and are not accepted in Islam. Calling Hamas “terrorist” and “allied with Iran,” he accused it of using women and children as human shields and described the marches as “provocative.” He warned that the protests are likely to get out of hand and provoke violence by the Israeli Defence Forces, and that, like previous Palestinian protests, they will generate no international sympathy for the Palestinian cause. https://www.memri.org/reports/kuwaiti-columnist-slams-hamas-great-return-march
David Horowitz: Organizing and encouraging mass demonstrations at the border to face off against Israeli troops, while branding the campaign non-violent, is merely the latest iteration of Hamas’ use of Gazans as human shields for its aggression.
Demanding a “right of return” to Israel for tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their millions of descendants is nothing less than a call for the destruction of Israel by demographic means. No Israeli government could accept this demand, since it would spell the end of Israel as a Jewish state.
Hamas’ Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar set out the ultimate goal, telling Gazans at the border on Friday, “The March of Return will continue…until we remove this transient border.” The protests “mark the beginning of a new phase in the Palestinian national struggle on the road to liberation and ‘return.’…Our people can’t give up one inch of the land of Palestine.”
Daniel Krygier: International reactions to the recent Hamas-organized Gaza border aggression against Israel follow the predictable script.
The purpose of Hamas’s “March of Return” was to erase the border and to flood Israel with Gaza Arabs. Israel did what it had to do to defend its border and its citizens. The international community though, turns reality upside down, portraying Israel as the “villain” and the Islamist attackers as “victims.”
Photos of some of the “innocent civilians” involved in Friday’s violent riots on the Gaza border.
How videos of a Gazan rioter supposedly shot in the back could have been rehearsed and faked :