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Palestinians complain Israel not allowing tires into Gaza … after Palestinians created toxic cloud of burning tires

Palestinians complain Israel not allowing tires into Gaza … after Palestinians created toxic cloud of burning tires

You can’t make this stuff up.

Palestinian protesters in Gaza, led by Hamas, created a massive toxic cloud of burning tires on April 6, 2018, as cover for another attempt to breach the border fence with Israel.

We covered both the preparations for the tire burn and the result in these posts:

Here are some of the images of those preparations and conflagration, including the use of children:

The Jerusalem Post reports that Palestinian officials claim Israel has cut off the delivery of more tires to Gaza for the time being:

“We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice,” Muhammad Hamdan, a spokesman for the PA Transportation Ministry told The Jerusalem Post.

Hamdan criticized Israel’s decision to stop tire imports to Gaza, asserting that there is a shortage of tires in the coastal enclave.

“There is no doubt stopping tire imports will have a negative effect on Palestinians in Gaza especially considering there is shortage of them there,” he said. “We are going to exert all efforts so that Israel reverses its decision.”

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the branch of the Defense Ministry that liaises with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, did not respond to a request for comment.

The Jewish Press reports, somewhat sarcastically:

Four truckloads of car tires that were scheduled to enter Gaza via the Kerem Shalom Crossing Sunday morning, were prevented by the Israeli authorities from entering after the tire burning riots last Friday, Gazan reporter Tamer El Sultan tweeted.

Gaza Arabs nicknamed Friday’s events “Jum’at al-Kawshook” – “Tires Friday,” as protesters set fire to thousands of tires along the border with Israel, creating huge clouds of black smoke intended to confuse Israeli snipers and prevent them from targeting individuals who attempted to scale the fence.

Incidentally, Black Friday Tires was an event that was held by Goodyear Tires last November with no relation to the Middle East conflicts.

There is no confirmation that Israel actually is preventing more tires from entering Gaza, but if Israel was, could you blame it?

Israel was lucky that the toxic cloud mostly stayed over Gaza. Mostly that was because prevailing winds kept the toxic plumes on the Gaza side of the border. But also Israel had some fans to help out.

[Image via Seth Frantzman Twitter]

How long before Palestinians claim the tire ban is a form of cultural genocide. The Palestinian Information Center insists that burning tires is an important part of Palestinian culture:

Burning tires is an old form of Palestinian popular resistance that first emerged during the First Palestinian Intifada in 1987.

Dave at IsraellyCool calls the Palestinian complaints “chutzpah“:

The classic definition of chutzpah is a person who kills his parents and pleads for the court’s mercy on the ground of being an orphan. This is pretty much the same thing.

This meme from Honest Reporting pretty much sums it up:

[Featured Image: IDF Facebook Video]


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G. de La Hoya | April 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

Obama’s EPA chief, Richard Windsor, would be licking her lips thinking about all the fines she could come up with if this had happened in the U.S. 🙂

I have been watching this strange dance between Israel and the Palestinians since the late 1990’s – and I honestly have no idea what motivates Israel and her patience. Israel seems to be ‘virtue signaling’ to the world – and the world could care less. The only thing that really seems to anger the world is that Hitler didn’t kill all the Jews. Mercy, compassion, sympathy from the world for Israels plight…? Yes, from individuals, but not consistently from the many nation states. Even ‘friend’ America has turned it’s back on Israel in the form of Obama. Thankfully Benjamin Netanyahu just told him to piss off!

Why not just eradicate the war fighters in Gaza? They show up on the border threatening a mini-invasion, just kill them. Their actions are indefensible, but Israel’s actions only prolong the conflict – not solving it. The Palestinians want war, then give them a belly full… They’ll stop one way or the other. Will Iran or Syria or Russia expend wealth or men to deliver the insane Palestinians? Doubtful, and a taste of the lash would quickly convince them otherwise.

The worse thing about the Palestinians is that it’s doubtful they would even make good fertilizer, although the buzzards would find a big meal waiting for them.

    Milhouse in reply to C. Lashown. | April 9, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Virtue signaling is exactly it; the Israeli left, which is firmly in control no matter what government is elected, is deeply committed to the prospect that the first priority, even above survival, is for Israel to be a “light to the nations” in exemplifying not traditional Jewish values but Western liberal ones. That this virtue signaling has no effect on anyone else isn’t relevant, since the audience to whom they are doing this signaling is themselves.

    IDF servicemen are indoctrinated from the moment of recruitment in the concept of “purity of arms”, i.e. that their arms must never be used for any illegitimate purpose, by the most exacting standards of an “international law” that may exist in theory but is not practised by any other nation in the world. They are also explicitly instructed that they have a duty to disobey any “clearly illegal” order, and may be subject to criminal penalties if they obey it.

    harleycowboy in reply to C. Lashown. | April 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

    One of the big problems is that they don’t wear uniforms. So unless they are carrying a weapon a baker looks just like an jihadist.

A- I predicted this would happen last week, I think I may be a psychic!(no, not in a post)

B- It seems as if the Palestinians don’t understand what irony is.

C- sand Nazis!

David Breznick | April 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

The Israelis have become TIRED of this nonsense. Now the Palestinians approaching the border will have to TREAD lightly. We all correctly predicted that their attempted ruse would fall FLAT.

Israel has a pretty good understanding of what they can do without potentially endangering their US support. Obviously, that changes from an Obama to a Trump, but it really amounts to what might force an American President to rebuke them. No American President wants to, because popular support for Israel is widespread and heartfelt here. They definitely let a lot more go than we in America would ever do. They have a very strategic perspective and are playing the long game the best they can, because the stakes there are existential.

We want to end the war like WWII. Feel the glory of victory and put our enemies to tribute. Israel satisfies itself with the small, but consistent victories. Before you start thinking that you know what’s better for them than they do, first entertain the possibility that you don’t.

    harleycowboy in reply to Immolate. | April 10, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I think that with past presidents, they all had a “We don’t condone Israel’s response to this situation.”….wink wink….

    Finally we have a president that will actually move the embassy in accordance with the act that was passed.

They could let them import tires as long as they’re certified fireproof. Hey, it’s about safety—who could object?

Fire-stone, the official tire of Hamas!

    Arminius in reply to Elkolbster. | April 10, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Fire-Stone. Isn’t that the brand they used on the Flintstones?

    They’d be perfect for Hamas-ruled Gaza.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Arminius. | April 11, 2018 at 8:43 am

      1) I hope Israel proceeds to destroy all tire storage and sales outlets in Palestine.

      2) Palestinians can now make their own tires from wood, steel or concrete.

Maybe it’s time for those Palestinians to put their massive brain power to work and invent a new kind of tire. LOL I just had a Flintstone image pop into my head.

So, essentially Hamas is complaining that Israel has shut of their supply of ammunition.