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After Hamas leader calls on crowd to become martyrs, hundreds surge Gaza-Israel border fence

After Hamas leader calls on crowd to become martyrs, hundreds surge Gaza-Israel border fence

All the “protests” so far have been training and testing for the big event, when Hamas surges tens of thousands on May 15.

Hamas seems to have found its sweet spot.

Under cover of civilian protests, backed by clouds of smoke from burning tires, it sends operatives to try to breach the Israeli border fence. A fence breach would be used to surge hundreds or even thousands of people into Israeli giving Hamas a propaganda victory. Such a breach also would be used by Hamas military operatives for terror operations — that’s why such a high percentage of those killed at the fence have been Hamas or other terror group military members.

We have covered this Hamas tactic in numerous prior posts:

Western leftists, particularly in the media, are repeating the false claim that these are peaceful protests by civilians who pose no threat. Amnesty International — which always is hostile to Israel — has issued a call for an international arms embargo against Israel because of its use of deadly force. But these are no mere protests, they are attempts to invade a military border and that puts the use of deadly force in a completely different context.

The protests so far are a mere prelude to the big event, when Hamas plans to surge thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of people toward the border fence on May 15, 2018, the day after the 70th Anniversary of Israel’s founding (using the Christian calendar) and “Nakba Day,” the day on which Palestinians mourn the creation of Israel.

The most recent protest, on Friday, April 27, 2018, tested more methods for breaching the fence. The Times of Israel reports:

Hundreds of Palestinians converged on the Gaza Strip’s border fence with Israel on Friday, trying to rip through it before drawing Israeli fire in one of the most violent incidents yet in five weeks of protests.

Three people were killed and over 300 hurt in Friday’s rallies, the Gaza Strip’s Hamas-run health ministry said, as thousands of Palestinians converged on the border with Israel for a fifth round of weekly protests.

In a statement, the Israeli military said it “thwarted” an attempted infiltration by Palestinian protesters.

It said “hundreds of rioters” tried to burn the fence and enter the Israel. It said the crowd threw explosives, firebombs and rocks, and that troops opened fire “in accordance with the rules of engagement” and halted the crowd.

This map posted by the IDF Spokesperson shows the location of the surge in relation to an Israeli community Kibbutz Nahal Oz:

This photo shows young men pulling away the barbed wire outer fence to clear access to the main fence:

This video shows men pulling a rope to try to tear down the fencing:

CBS News described the tactic:

A group of Palestinian activists calling themselves “the tires unit” arrived Friday on a truck laden with old tires. A van mounted with loudspeakers followed the truck with chants and applause. Tires were set ablaze, filling the air with thick smoke. With hooks and a long rope, the activists pulled at parts of the barbed wire adjacent to the fence.

Even the NY Times, which tends to portray Israel in the worst possible light, reported on how serious the attempt to storm the fence was, Plan to Storm Fence Gets Bloody Preview in Gaza:

…. urged on by a Hamas leader in a fiery midafternoon speech, rushed the security barrier at the eastern edge of Gaza City and tried to cross into Israel.

Dozens made it through a barbed-wire barrier about 30 yards inside Gaza territory, deploying wire cutters, hooks and winches….

Colonel Conricus said that Friday’s crowds totaled 12,000 to 14,000. Around 5 p.m., when the protest seemed to be winding down uneventfully, he said, “between 500 and 700 rioters assaulted the fence in a way that we have not seen them assault it before.”
He said the effort to breach the fence “shows exactly what we are talking about.”

“This is not a peaceful demonstration,” he said. “There’s nothing serene about this. They’re trying to infiltrate into Israel, damage our infrastructure and kill Israelis.”…

Friday’s demonstration at the eastern edge of Gaza City — adjacent to the old Karni Crossing, a cargo terminal that allowed goods to cross between Israel and Gaza until it was shut down in 2011 — had been largely peaceful until late in the afternoon.

But then the senior Hamas leader Ismail Radwan gave a rousing speech, urging the protesters not to fear death but to welcome martyrdom.

“When we are brave, we are getting closer toward martyrdom, martyrdom, martyrdom,” he said.

Thousands began streaming toward the barrier fence, setting off a tremendous barrage of tear gas from the Israeli side that did not deter many.

Hamas leaders were out in full force leading the “protests” (from a safe distance, of course):

This video show the surge towards the border fence under the cover, once again, of burning tires:

This video shows the attempts to cross the fence as the riots were going on in the background.

This shows attempts to burn a hole in the fence:

Palestinians are producing videos glorifying the storming of the fence:

“Protesters” brought children to the front lines:

This casualty of the violence clearly was an Israeli “war crime”:


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With all due respect, I think this is a “dog bites man” story.

“…Hamas leader calls on crowd to become martyrs…”

Shoot the leaders standing in the back.

Same with the ‘caravan’ headed to the US border.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to | April 28, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Since the mid 1800’s arabs have bee attacking jews, stealing their property, killing jews. This is war and should be dealt with as war. Start dropping thermitic bombs on these crowds. Make their actions so expensive that they withdraw to lick their wounds. Create a DMZ along the border with thermitic devices, heavily mine the DMZ. Use drone swarm technology to make it impossible to get across the DMZ alive.
    Embargo all building materials, especially cement to prevent tunnel construction. Embargo all tires, and strike every place known to store or sell tires.
    History makes it clear that Palestinians will only understand an unprecedented ass whipping.

    C. Lashown in reply to | April 29, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I like the basic principle, but would suggest mortars instead of bullets….bullets are to specific and would not generate the same fear that a barrage of incoming mortars would. One barrage, perhaps two at the most…and the problem would be deflected.

    My thought exactly. Post a few snipers with .338 Lapua rifles and have them engage the Hamas leaders when they are whipping up the crowd to become Shahid. Might not be an easy shot with all the crowd milling around, but they need to be seen to work the crowd.

take standard Claymore mine. wire 2 WP grenades to the front… repeat until you have all the mines you need.

set them up about 10 meters from the fence, at a diagonal to it, and arm them.

when mob approaches fence, detonate as needed.

mob will disperse, in more ways than one.


you’re welcome…


    redc1c4 in reply to redc1c4. | April 28, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    oh noes!

    i was down checked by some terrorist lover…

    quick, to my therapist!

    Milhouse in reply to redc1c4. | April 28, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Which is great until you get court-martialled and sentenced to prison because it’s not in accord with the Israeli legal establishment’s notions of “enlightened” values. The IDF is captive to these lawyers; every shot taken must be pre-approved by the unit’s lawyer or there’ll be h*** to pay. This is a suicidal way to run an army.

“This is not a peaceful demonstration,” he said. “There’s nothing serene about this. They’re trying to infiltrate into Israel, damage our infrastructure and kill Israelis.”

A couple of F-16s on a strafing run will fix this problem – the media & the UN be damned.

Thus is terrifying. And we know they are going to increase until May 15, and afterwards. They really need a Trump wall!

G. de La Hoya | April 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm

The Palestinians have made their $hithole country what it is today. I expect more out of those that dwell in the “cradle of civilization “. 🙂

    JusticeDelivered in reply to G. de La Hoya. | April 29, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Palestinians are the dredges if a retrograde civilization, evidence of the results of a degenerate religion and far too much inbreeding.

Subotai Bahadur | April 28, 2018 at 10:59 pm

1) There is a reason that G-d invented Quad .50’s on trucks, napalm, and flamethrowers. A breach of the border fence is a military invasion and should be responded to accordingly. Somebody, by the way, should send a memo to that effect to our own southern border.

2) A military invasion is an act of war. Water and power for Gaza is furnished in large part by Israel. That needs to be cut off, along with all commerce and communications.

3) A seaborne blockade of Gaza should be declared and instituted.

4) Maintain until Gaza ceases to be a problem.

5) Make sure Mexico knows that the US is studying the Israeli tactics.

    alaskabob in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | April 28, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    The “Palestinian Experiment” is a flop. Time to take back Gaza and the West Bank and put the areas to better use than rocket launching sites, tunnels and garbage dump of humanity. Give the “Palestinians” one way trip to Yemen.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to alaskabob. | April 30, 2018 at 9:08 am

      How about adding birth control hormones to their water supply, lowering females reproductive rate and tempering mens aggression?

    The sea blockade has been in place for years. Hence the “flotilla” (and the attempted sequel that couldn’t get insurance).

    you misspelled “ground mount Vulcans”… 😉

      Edward in reply to redc1c4. | May 1, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Some of us are older. And, besides, the Quad .50 is so much easier on the ammo supply than trying to feed 20mm to four M-61 Vulcans. The 20mm HE round is gross overkill on unprotected personnel targets and each PGU-28/B round is far more expensive than .50 Caliber Ball M-2.

JusticeDelivered | April 28, 2018 at 11:24 pm

“After Hamas leader calls on crowd to become martyrs, hundreds surge”

Make sure they take out thousands or tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands. Doing so would improve Palestinian’s quality of life.

This is why Prometheus gave early Man the gift of landmines.

To actually shoot at somebody legally, or drop napalm on them, or anything memorable like that, you have to have some niceties such as a formal act of war. Otherwise, things can get noisy. But if some intruder ignores the signs and wanders into a minefield, well … serves ’em right. That’s where mines really shine.

Israel is not a signatory to the 1997 Ottowa Treaty (a.k.a. the “Mine Ban Treaty”).

This is a test of will. Either Israel kills a bunch of people (potentially several thousand if the Hamas claims about the scale of the surge are true) or terrorists get through to start the slaughter in earnest. Either way the Palestinians win in the current insane media and political climate.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a significant number of the surge crowd shows up with military weaponry to provide cover for the crowd and to start shooting people once through. If they start the smoke early they could hide tens of thousands of people at the wall.

Historically, minority Muslim populations have acted to aid Muslim invasions. If I recall correctly that’s how Medina was taken, for example. At what point does Israel have to worry about its substantial Muslim population aiding a real attempt to breach the border? Everybody knows the Quran commands loyalty be given only to other Muslims (“We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them”).


Bit longer than that. The Mohamed crowd started this in the 7th century, the 600s. The Arabian Peninsula was once a multicultural place, with Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and a dozens of miscellaneous Ancient cultures. Islam systematically wiped them out to the greatest extent they could, and is now finishing off the remaining Christians.

There was a period when they found that the conquered peoples were much more useful as taxpayers and slaves, but the Koran requires that such arrangement is temporary.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to beagleEar. | April 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

    I am well aware of earlier history, but the current fight in the Middle East is really about jews returning to the Middle East in the mid to late 1800s. There is considerable irony that Arabs were trying to chase jews out of the region, and generally stole land which jews rightfully owned, and they they howl about palestinians losing land because they started war after war, and lost. There is more than a bit of hypocrisy, something they excel at.

    The truth is that all Arabs need to do is accept Israel, beg forgiveness and act civilized, and they could ride Israel’s economic success to prosperity. They just are not smart enough to see this.

bobinreverse | April 29, 2018 at 7:57 am

Same thing coming to US in a theater near you maybe this summer. 50 50 on a riot in Baltimore or similar Libby paradise that engulfs whole city. And then spreads. Especially with no push back at local / state level.

    Demonized in reply to bobinreverse. | April 29, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Huntin’ season!

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to bobinreverse. | April 29, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Surround these cities, let nothing and no one in or out until the riots burn themselves out. Then keep the blockage in place for at least a month more.

    MajorWood in reply to bobinreverse. | April 29, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    As a former Baltimoron, all it takes there is 4 days in a row over 100. And like the Palestinians, they show their contempt by burning down their own houses, a tactic that I have tried, but failed, to understand at any level.

I wonder if Israel has the water needed to soak the ground to mud before the Pallies advance on the wall May 15?

In preparation for Nakba Day, Israel should mass 50,000 troops on the border, and if the fence is breached, launch a full scale invasion.

It’s their last chance at trying to be relevant prior to Jerusalem being officially recognized as the capitol of Israel.