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Analysis: 80 percent of Gazans killed in Israel border clashes were terror group members

Analysis: 80 percent of Gazans killed in Israel border clashes were terror group members

The Great March of Return is a terror operation under cover of a civilian protest.

The so-called Great March of Return held every Friday for the past four weeks at the Gaza-Israel border is falsely portrayed as a peaceful civilian protest by groups like Amnesty International. That false designation has led to claims that Israel is violating international law by using live fire against “protesters” who approach the border fence.

In fact, as we have documented weekly, the “protests” are actually military operations by Hamas and other terror groups using civilian protests as cover.

The purpose is to cut through, burn down, or pull down the border fence so that terrorists can infiltrate Israel to carry out operations. Even when the fence is not breached, explosives are placed next to the fence for later detonation.

See our prior posts for images and video:

A key piece of the evidence that these are not ordinary civilian protests is who has been killed at the fence. Overwhelmingly they have been military members of Hamas and other terror groups:

Now there is more evidence from the The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) which has tracked the identity of Gazans killed at the border, Analysis of the Identities of Gazans Killed During the “Great Return March” (data as of April 25, 2018):

The Hamas-controlled ministry of health in the Gaza Strip reported that 40 Palestinians have been killed during the “great return march” events since March 30, 2018, when the rioting began along the Gaza Strip-Israel border (updated to April 25, 2018).[2] The information provided by the Gaza ministry of health, which is used by the Israeli and international media, does not include a statistical distribution or distinguish between terrorist operatives (and those affiliated with them) and civilians. As far as the ITIC has been able to determine, no sources in the Gaza Strip make such a distinction. As a result, the impression given to world public opinion is that all the casualties were innocent Palestinian civilians. The analysis conducted by the ITIC shows that most of the Palestinians killed were terrorist operatives or individuals affiliated with the terrorist organizations.

The interim findings of the ITIC analysis revealed that 32 of the 40 Palestinians killed (80%) were terrorist operatives or individuals affiliated with them, distributed as follows:

♦ 18 of the 32 (about 56%) were terrorist operatives belonging to or affiliated with Hamas:

♦ Nine were operatives in Hamas’ military wing (the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades) and operatives in Hamas’ security forces.

♦ Nine were affiliated with or linked to Hamas, based on circumstantial evidence (Hamas issued death notices for them, their bodies were wrapped in Hamas flags, or other supporting evidence).

♦ Ten were members of Fatah, two of them operatives in its military wing and eight with organizational affiliation or connections.[3]

♦ Two belonged to the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), one to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), one to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

This chart lists the terror group affiliations:

The full Report (pdf.) has more details of the analysis, including analysis of each of the people killed and how most of them were identified as terror group members.

Subsequent to the Report, another person killed, “journalist” Ahmed Abu Hussein, was identified by ITIC as a PFLP terror group member.

The identity of the people trying to tear down and breach the border fence, and the violent tactics, makes a difference because Israel has a right to defend against an invasion, even if that means the use of deadly force:


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Since when did an invasion force, regardless of who makes it up, as they are putting themselves in a place to force their way in, become a peaceful protest? Their intent has been made clear. Terrorist leaders and pawns looking to take over lands that do not belong to them are an invading force. Terrorists hide behind children and women all the time, and as we have seen quite a few times, women do perform terrorist acts.

Amnesty International is a strange group of people. Too many on the left are antisemitic as shown by their actions and words, yet that is OK. Israel is under attack all the time, and losing certain areas would weaken them beyond what they could easily defend and prevail against.

I have never understood the hatred the left seems to have toward Israel. Obama frequently sided against them when he could get away with it. This utopian idiocy of borderless lands where everyone will live in peace gives power to ruthless countries to pursue their goals of domination, and they certainly won’t be singing Kum By Yah.

Since when the media hates teh juices more than they actually love innocent Arab civilians who are mercilessly exploited by their leaders to kill teh juices!!

“The Great March of Return is a terror operation under cover of a civilian protest.”

Surprise, surprise, surprise.

The only reason the Palis got away with their bs for so long was that too few people knew what they are really like.

Now that their children’s TV programming is available world-wide, people are less inclined to fall for their lying.

Not even the Saudis, any more.

    Mac45 in reply to Valerie. | May 1, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Oh, most intelligent people in the world know exactly what Hamas and the Palestinian people are. It has been clear for decades. But, a blind eye is turned to their activities for three reasons:
    1) Their actions have little affect on the rest of the world,
    2) The rest of the Arab world has no use for the Palestinian Muslims and wishes that they would all just disappear and
    3) There is still a good deal of antisemitism left in the world, something which the Israelis do not do much to try to change.

    The Gulf States are beginning to withdraw from tacit support of the Palestinians, because they fear the potential of Iran and need Israel as an ally to neutralize that nation.

      Casey in reply to Mac45. | May 1, 2018 at 11:36 pm

      Kudos to Valerie for that link; I was going to mention it. When you’ve lost the prince regnant of Saudi Arabia, you’ve pretty much lost it all. From other reading the other Arab states have become fed up with the Pals as well. As you say, they’re more concerned with Iran right now.

      It amazes me how many people are so unobservant about the details in the middle east. They seem to think that Shiites in Iraq will automatically follow the Iranian leaders because they are co-religionists. This flies in the face of history. Scotland shared a common religion with England, but for centuries hatred of the English was the mark of a good Scotsman, and they frequently allied with Catholic France against Protestant England.

      Most Iraqis see themselves as Arab, compared to the Persians in Iran. The latter have been throwing their weight around the region for the past two millennium or more. The Arabs are becoming a mite tired of that…

      randian in reply to Mac45. | May 2, 2018 at 12:12 am

      “The rest of the Arab world has no use for the Palestinian Muslims”

      That’s because they’re generally ineffective at the mass killing of Jews, not because the rest of the Muslim world objects to the Palestinian goal of Jewish genocide. There is lots of cheering across the Muslim world every time the Palestinians get it right and kill some people.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to randian. | May 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

        Palestinians are pretty much incompetent across the board.

        They are suffering the same double whammy as are our poor inner city people, poor genes and poor culture.

        Palestinians raise their children to die young as martyrs, America’s inner cities raise their children to kill each other. Same underlying character and very similar outcomes.

        By and large, neither group is able to overcome innate stupid.

        Mac45 in reply to randian. | May 2, 2018 at 11:43 am

        Actually, the Palestinian people have never been held in any kind of high esteem by leaders in the Arab world. And, after nearly 70 years of having to support large numbers of Palestinians, mostly refugees, the Arab nations are simply sick and tired of them.

IDF probably drove the buses to bring them to the border.

    elle in reply to elle. | May 2, 2018 at 2:08 am

    It was a joke. Get it…
    Bob: There are still so many terrorists out there. How can we find them all?
    Ben: I know! We can put out a notice calling all terrorists to help storm Israel’s border. haha..then they will find us in the one place where we can legally shoot them.
    Bob: How will they get there?
    Bob: We’ll send them some buses.

    sigh..I thought it was pretty funny.

      MajorWood in reply to elle. | May 2, 2018 at 10:54 am

      No different than placing the meat loaded hornet trap in the corner of the backyard. “Honey” works at all levels.

I keep wondering how much longer it will be before the citizens of Gaza in Hamasstan realize that instead of spending money to build tunnels, buy rockets and other weapons, repair the damage for Israeli counter attacks and artillery barrages to stop the rockets and such, etc., was used it instead to build infrastructure, improve the lives of their citizens, encourage industry, and so forth, that everyone would be far better off? Obviously the intense efforts to use propaganda to paint the Jews and subhuman who need to be destroyed that start are a very young age and continue throughout their lives are tailored to prevent any of these citizens from making this simple observation.

    Tom Servo in reply to Cleetus. | May 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

    As someone once said, that will only happen when the Arabs decide that they love their own children more than they hate the Jews. Not even close to that point yet.

    elle in reply to Cleetus. | May 2, 2018 at 11:06 am

    They are just useful tools in their government’s power play. Hating Israel IS the glue that keeps them in line, unable to make the observations you note.

    Your poverty is not our fault, it’s THE JEWS fault!!!

    They do it in our minority communities too. Their perpetual campaign slogan is: Don’t blame us, blame the racists!

    randian in reply to Cleetus. | May 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Allah commands the killing of Jews, and generally that Muslims are to wage (by sword and verse) war until Islam rules everywhere. Allah has no mandate for infrastructure.

And the other 20% are what? Just civilians? So the numbers make it OK. Just kill them. I think maybe Jaacobson is so semite that he should just move back to his home country and join up with bibi and avignasshole.

    RasMoyag in reply to RasMoyag. | May 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Ras you anti-semite!!! I’m out of here.

    randian in reply to RasMoyag. | May 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Yes, just kill them, because they aren’t in any meaningful sense civilians. A person doesn’t have to carry weapons to be a combatant. Acting as shields for the weapons carriers, laying down obscuring smoke, helping remove obstacles like razor wire, providing safe houses and shelter, and even the publishing of propaganda are the actions of combatants.

    Arminius in reply to RasMoyag. | May 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    No, it doesn’t make it OK. But you know what also isn’t OK? You twisting International Humanitarian Law, specifically the Law Of Armed Conflict (LOAC), to make it appear that the perpetrators are the victims, and the victims are the perpetrators.

    Every singe rocket is Hamas launches into Israel is a war crime. Every single tunnel they dig under the border fence into Israeli kindergarten schools is a war crime. Every time they hide among civilians it’s a war crime.

    “NDTV exclusive – how Hamas assembles and fires rockets”

    It’s amusing; the TV crew says they are witnessing something “very, very unusual.” The witness it every day! What’s unusual is the Western press never reports on it.

    The LOAC requires that combatants distinguish themselves from civilian populations and civilian objects. They don’t do that precisely because you want to fall for the scam. You can have peace on the cheap. And what are you going to do now? Precisely because I won’t submit to the intimidation? I know that this may be distasteful to Jews, but we Christians never rejected the Jews. Because God doesn’t lie. And he made a promise to Abraham.

One more time, why are you siding with Hamas hurling rockets at civilians in Israel? Because the “Palestinians” have no choice? B***s**t! You always have a choice.