Leave it to Hamas to make nonviolence violent.This is what happened over the weekend as thousands of Gazans swarmed the Israeli border crossing on what they called a "march of return." It's not just that the Israeli Defense Force claims to have video showing peaceful marchers interspersed with militants wielding Molotov cocktails and burning tires. The organizers of this civil disobedience, Hamas, are themselves devoted to bloodshed.As the Qassem Brigades helpfully announced on Sunday, five of the 16 marchers killed during the march were members of this Hamas militia -- which shares a name with the short-range rockets its members launch at Israeli towns and cities. You may remember them. In 2014, their kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenagers sparked the last major war between Israel and Hamas.In case the point was missed this time around, the statement from the Brigades promises: "The blood of the pure martyrs will not go to waste. The enemy will pay a price at a time and place and … [Read more...] about Palestinian Casualties Are No Accident for Hamas
When the dust cleared along the border between Gaza and Israel over Passover weekend, 15 Palestinians were dead and hundreds wounded. Hamas, which organized and choreographed the confrontation, was pleased with what it regards as a first step. Oddly, most Israelis, too, were happy with the way the day turned out.For decades, Hamas has tried and failed to defeat Israel through conventional military means. Lately its effort has been increasingly frustrated. Hamas rockets get shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Attack tunnels are discovered and destroyed. Individual suicide bombers are killed or thwarted by sophisticated security measures.The march unveiled a new tactic, mass swarming, designed to force Israeli troops at the border to commit mass killings or flee -- a win-win from the Hamas perspective. It didn’t work that way on Friday.But the IDF forces personally commanded by Chief of Staff General Gadi Eisenkot, used snipers to pick off individual … [Read more...] about Who’s Winning the Gaza Clash? Both Hamas and Israel
In the battle of narratives between Israel and the Palestinians, the short life of Abdel Fattah Abd al-Nabi is the current frontline. The 18-year-old was one of 16 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops on Friday as they confronted mass demonstrations at the Gaza border. Video footage appears to show Mr al-Nabi was unarmed and shot in the back by a sniper as he ran away from Israeli positions. Images of his death have been shared around the world and both Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, have raced to give their own spin on the shaky mobile phone video of his final moments. The fight to define one life, and one death, has become a proxy for the broader conflict. ... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register … [Read more...] about Hamas fighter or unarmed protester? Israel and Palestinians battle for the narrative over 16 deaths in Gaza
Middle East 12 May 2017 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-13331522 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Hamas is the largest of several Palestinian militant Islamist groups.Its name is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic Resistance Movement, originating as it did in 1987 after the beginning of the first intifada, or … [Read more...] about Who are Hamas?
A Palestinian farmer was killed by an Israeli tank shell in the Gaza Strip early on Friday, hours before Palestinians were to stage mass sit-ins along the border with Israel, a health official and a witness said. Ahead of the protests, called for by Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, Israel’s military said it doubled its standard troop level along the border, deploying snipers, special forces and paramilitary border police units, which specialise in riot control. Hamas has said the activities would be peaceful and the chief Israeli military spokesman, brigadier general Ronen Manelis, said Israel wants to avoid violence. Read more Israel deploys snipers to Gaza border ahead of Palestinian Land Day Saudi Arabia opens airspace to Israel for first time ever Israel moves towards decriminalising marijuana use Trump says recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘was wonderful’ William to make first visit to Israel and Palestinian territories … [Read more...] about Israel lines up snipers and special forces along border with Gaza Strip as Hamas organises mass protests