Israeli Troops Kill Seven Palestinians, Wound 500 Amid Massive Border Protests

Deadly clashes broke out on Friday afternoon along the Israeli-Gaza border after Israeli security forces killed at least seven Palestinians and injured up to 500, where as previewed yesterday, a series of massive protests took place along the security fence surrounding the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Thousands had gathered along the border for a six week-long "Great Return" protest when the violence broke out. IDF troops fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets and tear gas at the protesters during the ongoing violence.

A photo taken near the kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza strip shows tear gas grenades falling during the Palestinian protest, with Israeli soldiers seen below in the foreground.

The first protest kicked off on Friday, when Palestinians worldwide mark Land Day, which commemorates the Israeli government’s expropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee on March 30, 1976, and ensuing demonstrations in which six Arab Israelis were killed.

Palestinians protest along the Israel border with Gaza on Friday

The Israel Defense Forces estimated that 17,000 Palestinians were taking part in the demonstrations, and focused at five main protest sites where rioters reportedly threw petrol bombs and stones at troops, and burned tires.

The Israeli military said that its troops had used “riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators” and that some of the demonstrators were “rolling burning tires and hurling stones” and Molotov cocktails and rocks at IDF troops on the other side of the border. The military maintained that it would not allow Palestinian protesters to “violate Israel’s sovereignty” by crossing the security fence.

One of the dead was aged 16 and most of the casualties were struck by gunfire, according to Palestinian medics who estimated the number of wounded at around 500 by mid-afternoon.

We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters, who were called up from all of the military’s units, primarily from the special forces,” Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said, Ynet news reports. “If lives are in jeopardy, there is permission to open fire.”

In a statement reported by Israeli Kan TV, the army said organizers of the protests were deliberately trying to place civilians in harm’s way, and cited an incident in which it said a seven-year-old girl was sent to the security fence in an apparent cynical attempt to draw Israeli fire, but was spotted by troops who realized what was happening and ensured she was not hurt.

Meanwhile, a Hamas official warned that there will be a reaction to any Israeli provocations.

"We don't want to see a bloodbath. Just a quiet protest,” he said to Israel Hayom, warning that "if there are Israeli provocations and if Israel deliberately harms protesters or our people we will mount a harsh response.” Hamas had said that as many as 100,000 Palestinians will take part in Friday’s massive demonstration.

The protest also coincides with the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, which regularly leads to increased tensions in the already-volatile region.

Photo source: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

The six week-long demonstrations are calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel. The protests are set to culminate in May as Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence, which Palestinians call Nakba (castastrophe) day.

The IDF declared the area around the Israeli side of the Gaza border a “closed military zone,” forbidding Israeli civilians from getting close without army permission. According to the Times of Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot was leading the army’s riot control operation, with assistance from the head of the Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir, the head of IDF Operations Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, and Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.

The army said it held the Hamas terror group responsible for any violence along the Gaza security fence during the protests and for the “consequences” of it.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned on Friday that any Palestinians from Gaza approaching the security fence with Israel were putting their lives at risk. “Those who approach the fence today are putting themselves in danger,” Liberman said in his post. “I would advise [Gazans] to go on with your lives and not engage in provocations.”

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Friday’s demonstrations mark the beginning of the Palestinians’ return to all of Palestine, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared in a speech at the scene of the mass protests in the Gaza Strip.

We are here to declare today that our people will not agree to keep the right of return only as a slogan,” he said and added that the March of Return was also aimed at sending a message to US President Donald Trump to the effect that the Palestinians will not give up their right to Jerusalem and “Palestine.”

Previously Palestinians have also demanded, along with sovereignty in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Old City, a “right of return” to Israel for Palestinian refugees who left or were forced out of Israel when it was established. The Palestinians demand this right not only for those of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who are still alive — a figure estimated in the low tens of thousands — but also for their descendants, who number in the millions.

Khaled al-Batsh, the leader of the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad group, which is also among the planners of the protest, said tents would be located 500 meters from the border, just outside the buffer zone between Gaza and Israel. The protest comes amid rising tensions as the United States prepares to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Comments

J S Bach E-Knight Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:44 Permalink

"hamas is a disgusting joke"

Yeah, and Likud is a saintly and righteous group. How many Israelis were murdered in cold blood this afternoon?  None.  Smug, arrogant cowards (((all))).  IDF my ass.  They are the IOF - Israeli Offense Force.  They are pirates on stolen land... and we all know what happens to pirates.  They inevitably end up dangling from gibbets.

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two hoots J S Bach Fri, 03/30/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

The West is on the move.  Maybe you can’t put your finger on it but you just know like he/she cheating:   Israeli jets over Iran, US pulling out of “Syria”, Turkey breaking with NATO, France sticking its nose in the Kurdish/oil thingy and this Gaza protest, instigated by whom, likely the usual covert suspects but for a much bigger picture than Gaza.?   Has Bibi recovered from/covered by his health distraction?  

Check the photo's:   First pic/video, Israeli standing calm.   The rest are designed to arouse your defensive aggression from the murderous zombies at the gate.

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JSBach1 NidStyles Fri, 03/30/2018 - 17:06 Permalink

The IDF terrorists look brave when shooting people armed with stones, but if they'd tried that against Hezbollah the chosenites would be coming back in body bags. These "brave" IDF/settler terrorists act with impunity when the locals have nothing more than stones to resist with, but given a balanced struggle would they be this brazen? No, these chickenshits would be begging and crying for the goyim to do their fighting for them

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IvannaHumpalot ShakenNotStirred Sat, 03/31/2018 - 04:40 Permalink

CORRECT - "Philastin" is the derogatory name the conquering Romans gave to Judea. Then there was British Mandate Palestine. Those couple of hundred thousand Arabs who fled Judea when Israel was created are arabs -- you cannot be "arab" and "judean" - make up your mind where are you from? Arab from egypt/arabia? Not Judean. Many were migrant workers. Some lived there -- but those that did were a couple hundred thousands. How many want "right of return"? 5 million.... wait. WHAT? how did that happen in 70 years? Nobody breeds that fast... sum ting wong

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Endgame Napoleon Liberal Sat, 03/31/2018 - 12:03 Permalink

I know that the minuscule country of Israel, the one country with a Jewish majority in that volatile region, is an ally of the US.

I do not know how much money that pro-Israel lobbyists talked the US Congress creatures into spending on Israel’s Gaza Border Wall, although it was likely more than the paltry $1.6 billion allocated by US-in-name-only congress people in the 2018 Omnibus Bill to mend “fencing” along the the 1,954-mile US border with Mexico. 

https://www.google.com/search?q=republican%20omnibus%20bill%2016.5%20mi…

In a $1.3 trillion bill, they only spared $1.6 billion for.....fencing. 

That is all the Swampers thought the US/Mexico Border Wall was worth, even though the main platform item that elected a Republican majority in Congress and President Trump was an end to the 40-year deluge of illegal immigration. 

I also know that your thesis was proven wrong in the just-signed 2018 Omnibus Bill. The US Congress did not show a lack of commitment to Muslim-majority nations.

Whether it was due to pure devotion or lobbying money from those representing the interests of Muslim-majority countries, the 2018 Omnibus Bill provides Wall Funding for these countries: Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

After the tax cut for corporations, heirs, and the additional progressive tax-code welfare to reward citizens and noncitizens for sex and reproduction, we could not afford wall funding for the USA, but we could afford it for Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Wall funding totaling 1/3rd as much as the funding for the Mexican/US fence repair was allocated to Jordan, even though President Trump ran on wall funding for the USA, not on wall funding for Jordan.

President Trump and the RepubliCON Swampers who swept Congress would not be in a majority if they had run on funding multiple Border Walls in the Middle East. The US is already deeply in debt, trying to fund wars in that region. 

https://www.google.com/amp/www.breitbart.com/immigration/2018/03/22/gop…

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OliverAnd sabaj49 Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:52 Permalink

The question I ask is where were the Palestinian Muslims before the Ottoman?  Before the Ottoman Empire the majority of the population in Jerusalem were either Christians or Jewish.  The majority of the Palestinians were Christians; they got along just fine and respected one another.  When the Ottomans came in they mass murdered the Jews, and the Christian Palestinians.  They forcefully had the Palestinians convert to Islam and those that would not were raped and murdered.  During Ottoman rule, like in ALL areas they ruled over, they changed the demographics.  In more recent times the Ottoman/Turks are doing the same in northern Cyprus despite such tactics now being classified as acts against humanity.  The Palestinians have the support of Hamas that is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood which is directly affiliated with Erdogan's party.  This is why you see many Turkish flags within the Palestinian demonstrators.  According to UK sources Erdogan wants to create a 5.5 million Islamic army to attack Israel from all sides.  The Israelis need to defend themselves.  

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headless blogger OliverAnd Fri, 03/30/2018 - 21:01 Permalink

What a bunch of bullshit. You fucking Jews are such liars. Even Lebanon today has 40% Christians. Nobody mass murdered them; although many do end up converting to Islam over time. Syria: same thing. tons of Christians there. The nuns in Aleppo wrote editorial after editorial and tried to get public to understand that there was no Civil war and that they got along fine with the Muslims.

It is the JEWS who are causing all the trouble. Just like many of them were behind 9/11 (along with some other groups). 

It is the JEWS who have created the Migrant crisis and are flooding Europe with Muslims and Blacks. 

 

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headless blogger sabaj49 Fri, 03/30/2018 - 20:54 Permalink

Israel is the main problem for the West, as well as the Middle East. 

They are behind supporting and funding Migration of Muslims and Blacks into Europe. The Bush Admin was completely ran by Dual citizens that had USA invade Iraq.....for Israel. There was no other reason.

Israelis and those that support it, are the NAZIS. No difference. Germany should be relinquished from the continual support they are coerced to give these liars.

 

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IvannaHumpalot headless blogger Sat, 03/31/2018 - 04:36 Permalink

You are wrong - Israel is our best ally, it's holding the front line for the West in the war against Islamofascism. They deal with it every day. Who would want to spread the silly idea that the exact opposite is true? That israel instead of the islamo-commie alliance is jemmying open our borders? Oh... islamofascists, that's who!

 

Israel is our FRIEND

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IvannaHumpalot headless blogger Sat, 03/31/2018 - 04:36 Permalink

You are wrong - Israel is our best ally, it's holding the front line for the West in the war against Islamofascism. They deal with it every day. Who would want to spread the silly idea that the exact opposite is true? That israel instead of the islamo-commie alliance is jemmying open our borders? Oh... islamofascists, that's who!

 

Israel is our FRIEND

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