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May 17, 2018 8:19 am

Hamas Official: Majority of Palestinians Killed in Violent Protests Belong to Us

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Senior Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil. Photo: File.

Hamas official Salah Bardawil may have destroyed the narrative that Israel is indiscriminately killing non-violent protesters on the Gaza border. The vast majority of Palestinians killed, Bardawil told a Palestinian interviewer, were Hamas fighters.

“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” Bardawil said in a televised interview on Wednesday.

“I am giving you an official figure,” he added, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

A day earlier, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) also claimed that the IDF killed three terrorists from its military wing in Khan Younis.

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Israeli officials previously estimated that at least 24 of the Palestinians killed were part of Hamas or PIJ. That includes eight members of an armed cell of Hamas operatives trying to infiltrate Israel who were killed during Monday’s clashes at the border.

Both Hamas and PIJ published photos eulogizing some of the dead terrorists as martyrs.

While some cast the latest clashes as a reaction to the US embassy opening in Jerusalem, they follow weeks of violent protests at Israel’s border with Gaza.

From late March through the end of April, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center found that 80 percent of the Palestinians killed were terrorist operatives or affiliates. Most were tied to Hamas, but 10 of the terrorists killed during that time period were Fatah members.

Earlier this week, senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar acknowledged that the Gaza demonstrations were “not peaceful resistance.” Instead, Hamas’ efforts at the border are “bolstered by a military force and by security agencies.”

“This is a clear terminological deception [i.e. ‘peaceful resistance’]. When you are in possession of weapons that were able to withstand the occupation in the wars of 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2014 … this is not peaceful resistance. … So when we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public,” Al-Zahhar said in a May 13 interview with Al Jazeera and reported by MEMRI.

Several dead Hamas members were sons of prominent Hamas officials, including deputy labor minister Musa al-Sambak. Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh’s son and two of his nephews were also wounded in the clashes, according to a Meir Amit analysis.

By organizing and promoting the riots, Hamas officials literally sacrificed their own children’s lives and safety for a propaganda victory.

This type of behavior is consistent with Hamas’ strategy of sabotaging its own people’s welfare to prioritize its fight against Israel.

Steven Emerson is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing, and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

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  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    And what did Emily Thornberry, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary, say to all this on May 15, in the House of Commons of all places?

    “What makes yesterday’s events all the worst is that they did not come as a result of some accidental overreaction to one day’s protest but as the result of a culmination of six weeks, an apparently calculated and deliberate posse to kill and maim unarmed protesters who pose no threat to the forces on the Gaza border ”

    This whole incident, according to EmilyThornberry, was calculated by Israel to deliberately kill and maim unarmed Palestinians!? How much more absurd can this be? And this is coming from a shadow foreign secretary! The cradle of western democracy, the country which under Churchill’s leadership saved western civilization from the Nazis in 1940 has completely lost it. How shameful! How sad!
    http://madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2018/05/the-uk-has-gone-completely-insane-this.html

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