Palestinian Islamic Jihad Claims Minor, Double Amputee Among Its ‘Mujahedeen’ Killed on Gaza Border
The Iran-backed terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad announced that a minor and a double amputee were among its three fighters who died in clashes on the Gaza-Israel border on Monday.
In a death notice vowing “to continue Jihad and resistance,” the Islamist group released photographs of its fallen “mujahedeen” in uniform, among them 16-year-old Ahmed Adel Musa Alshaer, whose photo appeared to be doctored.
A second PIJ member was identified as “wounded hero” Fadi Hassan Abu Salah, who lost his legs in a “Zionist bombing” during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.
A tweet announcing Abu Salah’s death received over 19,000 retweets on Monday before it was retracted, after it was revealed that it featured a photo of a different Palestinian man from an earlier protest. The tweet didn’t mention Abu Salah’s affiliation.
At least 62 Palestinians were killed and over 2,500 others injured in clashes with Israeli troops on Monday, when the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said. The day was the deadliest of the weeks-long “Great March of Return” campaign, which Gazans launched to protest Israel’s refusal to allow Palestinian refugees of the 1948 Independence War and their five million descendants into Israel.
A top Hamas leader claimed in an interview on Wednesday that of those fatalities, “50 of them are from Hamas and 12 from the people.”
“I am telling you, these are official numbers,” he added.
Israel has accused Hamas leaders of orchestrating the riots, though Gaza officials have claimed they are nonviolent grassroots movement.
The IDF on Wednesday released a video of what it said was an interrogation with an alleged Hamas member who breached the border fence on Tuesday.
Speaking before a backdrop of a kite decorated with swastikas, the man claimed that Hamas “sends us Facebook and text messages telling us to go, and in the mosques they call and send flyers that tell us to go to the fence.”
“They prepare the buses to leave from Shuja’iyya, and then wait by the mosques,” the man said. He also claimed that Hamas specifically instructs women and children to approach the fence.
A co-founder of the Islamist group said in an interview on Sunday that the riots are backed by Hamas’ fighters and weapons.
“When we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public,” he insisted. “This is peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies, and enjoying tremendous popular support.”