Ha­mas Ri­ots Con­tinue on Is­raeli-Gaza Bor­der; “Butcher of Turkey” Calls Ne­tanyahu a “Ter­ror­ist”

The Jewish Voice - - FRONT PAGE - By: David Rosen­berg

Arab ter­ror­ists op­er­at­ing in the Ha­mas-ruled Gaza Strip used ri­ots on the Is­rael-Gaza fron­tier last Friday to pre­pare for at­tacks on IDF forces pa­trolling the bor­der, an IDF spokesper­son re­vealed on Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the spokesper­son, on Mon­day, IDF sol­diers dis­cov­ered a backpack left near the se­cu­rity fence sep­a­rat­ing Is­rael and Gaza. The bag con­tained a num­ber of fire­bombs ready for use against Is­raeli forces, ac­cord­ing to an INN re­port.

IDF spokesman and Bri­gadier Gen­eral Ro­nen Manelis said the dis­cov­ery proved yet again that last week's mass protests on the Is­rael-Gaza bor­der were used by Gaza ter­ror­ists to carry out at­tacks on Is­raeli forces.

On Friday, some 30,000 Arab ri­ot­ers gath­ered on the bor­der as part of what or­ga­niz­ers dubbed the “March of Re­turn”. Ri­ot­ers hurled fire­bombs and threw stones at Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces. Seven­teen ri­ot­ers, in­clud­ing 11 Ha­mas ter­ror­ists, were killed af­ter IDF snipers opened fire on those at­tack­ing Is­raeli sol­diers or at­tempt­ing to scale the se­cu­rity fence into Is­rael, ac­cord­ing to the INN re­port. The ter­ror­ists were known mem­bers of of Ha­mas, Is­lamic Ji­had and global ji­had groups

The protest kicked off six weeks of demon­stra­tions against the planned re­lo­ca­tion of the US em­bassy to Jerusalem. The protests will cul­mi­nate in a mass demon­stra­tion on May 15th, a day af­ter Is­rael's 70th In­de­pen­dence Day and the open­ing of the US em­bassy in Jerusalem.

On Tues­day, Is­raeli De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man toured the Gaza en­ve­lope and was briefed on the de­ploy­ment of IDF forces in the area, as was re­ported by INN.

“I think that the other side un­der­stood that it was not worth its while to con­tinue, and I warn them against the con­tin­u­a­tion of the provo­ca­tion,” Liber­man said of the mass ri­ots.

“Any­one who comes close to the fence en­dan­gers his life and I sug­gest that the peo­ple of Gaza in­vest their ef­forts not in protests against Is­rael, but in chang­ing the lead­er­ship within the Strip. The same lead­er­ship that in­stead of fo­cus­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and ed­u­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture is in­vest­ing $260 mil­lion in ter­ror­ist in­fra­struc­ture, tun­nel­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing rock­ets,” Liber­man said.

The de­fense min­is­ter noted that most of the Arabs killed by IDF fire dur­ing the ri­ots last Friday were Ha­mas ter­ror­ists. “Most of those killed are ter­ror­ists whom we know well, ac­tivists in the mil­i­tary wing of Ha­mas, and also from Is­lamic Ji­had, not in­no­cent civil­ians who came as part of a civil protest.”

“It was a well-or­ga­nized provo­ca­tion by the mil­i­tary wing of Ha­mas in an at­tempt to harm our sovereignty, vi­o­late our daily rou­tine, dis­turb the Jewish peo­ple on the Seder night which we celebrate with con­fi­dence and op­ti­mism, and we did what is in­cum­bent upon us ... We are not ini­ti­at­ing any provo­ca­tion against the res­i­dents of Gaza. We pro­tect our res­i­dents, that's all the dif­fer­ence,” he said.

Mean­while, dozens of Pales­tini­ans en­gaged in vi­cious stone throw­ing at IDF forces along the Gaza bor­der Tues-

“I think that the other side un­der­stood that it was not worth its while to con­tinue, and I warn them against the con­tin­u­a­tion of the provo­ca­tion,” Liber­man said of the mass ri­ots.

day af­ter­noon as clashes erupted for the first time since last week's mass demon­stra­tions. The Pales­tinian Min­istry of Health in Gaza re­ported that a 25 year old man from Dir al-Balah was shot dead by IDF forces.

Tues­day's in­ci­dent fol­lowed a warn­ing by De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man that Is­rael has no in­ten­tion of chang­ing its method of op­er­a­tion in re­gards to the pro­tes­tors.

On Sun­day, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan be­gan an ac­ri­mo­nious war of words when he spu­ri­ously ac­cused Is­rael of be­ing a ‘ter­ror­ist state' and called Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu a ‘ter­ror­ist', af­ter IDF forces opened fire on in­fil­tra­tors dur­ing the Gaza ri­ots on Friday.

That evening, the IDF thwarted an at­tempted shoot­ing at­tack by a ter­ror cell in north­ern Gaza.

The ver­bal salvo be­gan on Friday when Turkey blasted Is­rael for its use of what a Turk­ish For­eign Min­istry spokesman termed “dis­pro­por­tion­ate force” against the Ha­mas-led protest.

“We strongly con­demn Is­rael's use of dis­pro­por­tion­ate force against Pales­tini­ans dur­ing the peace­ful protests to­day in Gaza,” the for­eign min­istry in Ankara said in a state­ment quoted by AFP.

On Satur­day, Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Er­do­gan slammed Is­rael for the “in­hu­mane at­tack”.

Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu mocked Er­do­gan in a tweet Sun­day, call­ing Er­do­gan's at­tack an April Fool's Day joke. “The most moral army in the world will not be lec­tured to on moral­ity from some­one who for years has been bomb­ing civil­ians in­dis­crim­i­nately,” Ne­tanyahu wrote.

He added, re­fer­ring to April Fool's Day: “Ap­par­ently this is how they mark April 1 in Ankara.”

Er­do­gan blasted Ne­tanyahu fol­low­ing the tweet, call­ing the Is­raeli pre­mier an “oc­cu­pier” and a “ter­ror­ist”.

“Hey Ne­tanyahu! You are oc­cu­pier. And it is as an oc­cu­pier that are you are on those lands. At the same time, you are a ter­ror­ist,” Er­do­gan said in a tele­vised speech in Adana, south­ern Turkey, as was re­ported by the AFP.

Dur­ing his speech, Er­do­gan also dubbed Is­rael a “ter­ror state”.

“I do not need to tell the world how cruel the Is­raeli army is. We can see what this ter­ror state is do­ing by look­ing at the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza and Jerusalem,” Turkey's Daily Sabah re­ported Er­do­gan as say­ing.

“Is­rael has car­ried out a mas­sacre in Gaza and Ne­tanyahu is a ter­ror­ist,” Er­doğan said, ac­cord­ing to an INN re­port.

Is­rael and Turkey signed a com­pre­hen­sive rec­on­cil­i­a­tion deal in 2016, end­ing a six-year diplo­matic stand­off fol­low­ing a vi­o­lent en­counter be­tween Is­raeli sol­diers and Is­lamist rad­i­cals on a ship at­tempt­ing to break through the se­cu­rity block­ade on Gaza.

How­ever, Turk­ish of­fi­cials, and par­tic­u­larly Er­do­gan, have con­tin­ued to ver­bally at­tack and launch scathing at­tacks on Is­rael de­spite the fact that the agree­ment was signed.

Last year, Er­do­gan de­scribed Is­rael as a “ter­ror­ist state” that kills chil­dren, to which Is­rael's Prime Min­is­ter Ne­tanyahu re­sponded, “I am not used to re­ceiv­ing lec­tures about moral­ity from a leader who bombs Kur­dish vil­lagers in his na­tive Turkey, who jails jour­nal­ists, who helps Iran go around in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions, and who helps ter­ror­ists, in­clud­ing in Gaza, kill in­no­cent peo­ple.”

In De­cem­ber, Turkey's for­eign min­istry con­demned what it called Is­rael's “ex­ces­sive” and “dis­pro­por­tion­ate” use of force against Pales­tinian Arabs who protested the U.S. de­ci­sion to rec­og­nize Jerusalem as Is­rael's cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing.

IDF and Shin Bet

In­ves­ti­ga­tion

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out by the IDF and Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency (Shin Bet) has found that at least 11 of the 17 Gazans killed in Friday's march were ter­ror op­er­a­tives. The find­ings came hours af­ter Ha­mas ad­mit­ted that five of those killed were mem­bers of the ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion's mil­i­tary wing.

Those iden­ti­fied as ter­ror­ists are: Ham­dan Abu Amshe (25) – an ac­tive Ha­mas op­er­a­tive, Ah­mad Odeh (19) – a res­i­dent of Gaza city and an ac­tive mem­ber of Ha­mas' Shati Bat­tal­ion, Ji­had Frina (35) – a com­pany com­man­der in Ha­mas' mil­i­tary wing, Sari Abu Odeh (28) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive in Ha­mas' Beit Ha­noun Bat­tal­ion, Ji­had Zuhier Sal­man Abu Jamo (30) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive in al-Aqsa Mar­tyrs' Brigade, Ebra­heem Abu Sha'er (29) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive for the Is­lamic Ji­had or­ga­ni­za­tion in Gaza, Abed El­ra­ham Abed (20) – ac­tive mem­ber of Ha­mas' mil­i­tary wing Muham­mad Abu Amro (27) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive of Ha­mas' tun­nel dig­ging unit, and Muham­mad Rahmi (33) – an ac­tive Ha­mas op­er­a­tive.

The tenth ter­ror op­er­a­tive was iden­ti­fied as Mosa'ab Salol (23) – an ac­tive mem­ber of Ha­mas' mil­i­tary wing, who, along with an­other op­er­a­tive, opened fire on Is­raeli forces on the bor­der on Friday be­fore be­ing neu­tral­ized.

At the end of the first days of the Passover hol­i­day, Is­rael's For­eign Minstry said that Ha­mas holds full re­spon­si­bil­ity for events dur­ing the ri­ot­ing on Friday.

On Satur­day, thou­sands took part in the fu­ner­als of those killed, with clashes on the bor­der re­sult­ing in an ad­di­tional 35 in­jured Gazans, ac­cord­ing to Pales­tinian re­ports.

“The fence be­tween Is­rael and Gaza sep­a­rates a sov­er­eign state and a ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion,” the For­eign Min­istry said. “It sep­a­rates a coun­try which pro­tects its cit­i­zens from mur­der­ers who send their own peo­ple into harm's way. The fence sep­a­rates a mil­i­tary that ap­plies force for self de­fense and in a tar­geted and pro­por­tional man­ner, and Ha­mas, which, for years, has been try­ing to harm mil­lions of Is­raelis, in­clud­ing yes­ter­day, and which sanc­ti­fies mur­der and death.

Those who wrong­fully mis­con­strue this mur­der­ous demon­stra­tion for free­dom of speech, are blind to the threats with which the State of Is­rael is deal­ing with,” the state­ment read.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu wrote a Face­book post Satur­day night thank­ing the IDF sol­diers po­si­tioned on the bor­der for al­low­ing the cit­i­zens of Is­raeli to celebrate the Passover hol­i­day in peace.

“Well done to our sol­diers who are guard­ing the coun­try's bor­ders and are al­low­ing the cit­i­zens of Is­rael to celebrate the hol­i­day peace­fully. Is­rael is act­ing firmly and res­o­lutely to pro­tect its sovereignty and the se­cu­rity of its cit­i­zens,” Ne­tanyahu wrote.

Dozens of Pales­tini­ans en­gaged in vi­cious stone throw­ing at IDF forces along the Gaza bor­der Tues­day af­ter­noon as clashes erupted for the first time since last week’s mass demon­stra­tions. Tues­day’s in­ci­dent fol­lowed a warn­ing by De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man that Is­rael has no in­ten­tion of chang­ing its method of op­er­a­tion in re­gards to the pro­tes­tors. (Photo Credit: YouTube)

Those iden­ti­fied as ter­ror­ists are: Ham­dan Abu Amshe (25) – an ac­tive Ha­mas op­er­a­tive, Ah­mad Odeh (19) – a res­i­dent of Gaza city and an ac­tive mem­ber of Ha­mas’ Shati Bat­tal­ion, Ji­had Frina (35) – a com­pany com­man­der in Ha­mas’ mil­i­tary wing, Sari Abu Odeh (28) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive in Ha­mas’ Beit Ha­noun Bat­tal­ion, Ji­had Zuhier Sal­man Abu Jamo (30) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive in al-Aqsa Mar­tyrs’ Brigade, Ebra­heem Abu Sha’er (29) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive for the Is­lamic Ji­had or­ga­ni­za­tion in Gaza, Abed El­ra­ham Abed (20) – ac­tive mem­ber of Ha­mas’ mil­i­tary wing Muham­mad Abu Amro (27) – ac­tive op­er­a­tive of Ha­mas’ tun­nel dig­ging unit, and Muham­mad Rahmi (33) – an ac­tive Ha­mas op­er­a­tive.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan be­gan an ac­ri­mo­nious war of words when he spu­ri­ously ac­cused Is­rael of be­ing a ‘ter­ror­ist state’ and called Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu a ‘ter­ror­ist’, af­ter IDF forces opened fire on in­fil­tra­tors dur­ing the Gaza ri­ots on Friday.

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