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Hamas official: 50 of 62 Gazans killed in border assault on May 14, 2018, were Hamas members

Hamas official: 50 of 62 Gazans killed in border assault on May 14, 2018, were Hamas members

And at least half of all Gazans killed in past several weeks were Hamas, he says, confirming prior independent reporting that almost all of the deaths were terror group members not innocent civilians.

The weekly attempts to breach the Israeli border fence by thousands of Gazans is portrayed in the media as a peaceful civilian protest. But it has been anything but peaceful, as we have documented numerous times.

Rather, these are military-style assaults using the cover of civilian protests. They are controlled by Hamas, which can turn the border fence surges on and off, and whose leaders appear at a safe distance from the fence to urge people to achieve martyrdom by rushing and tearing down the fence.

The purpose, of course, is not to merely tear down the fence, it’s to create a breach for terror operations and to kill and kidnap Israelis. When not speaking to western media, Hamas officials have been quite upfront about their intentions.

The result has been several weeks in which dozens of Gazans trying to breach the fence have been shot when they were not scared off by tear gas and other non-lethal means. Prior to the May 14 surge, there were an estimated 40 Gazans killed — that’s an estimate because the figures come from the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry. Based upon the prior reported deaths, analysis showed that at least 80% of the dead were Hamas or other terror group members. That percentage might be higher, as it is based on confirmed identifications of terror group membership.

The significance of almost all of the dead being terror group members is that it puts the lie to the media narrative that Israel is deliberately shooting innocent civilians. How could it be that of tens of thousands of people who protest, and thousands who approach the border fence, almost all of those killed were Hamas or terror group members? It’s because these are not peaceful civilian protests, they are military operations and Israel has the right to respond as such.

On May 14, the day the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem, Hamas prepared a particularly aggressive border assault. A team of 8 Hamas members were killed planting IEDs and firing weapons at the fence. Additionally, there was a border surge to cover these operations that resulted in another 50 deaths.

In all, the Hamas health ministry is claiming 62 people were killed on May 14. That led to the usual media frenzy about Israel using “disproportionate” force and wantonly killing civilians, and the also usual virtue-signaling by self-identified “progressive Jews” who claimed to be ashamed.

The NY Daily News ran this despicable cover calling Ivanka Trump “Daddy’s Little Ghoul” for attending the Embassy opening while people were dying at the Gaza border.

But as before, the media narrative had given way to facts showing that Israel did not wantonly shoot innocent civilians.

As previously reported, Hamas and Islamic Jihad openly mourned the dozens of their members who were killed. Israeli analysis also identified at least 24 of the dead as Hamas or Islamic Jihad members.

Now we have even more proof. A Hamas official, interviewed on Arab TV, asserted that of the 62 killed, 50 were Hamas members. It’s unclear if he was referring to a specific head count he had, or an order of magnitude to show that almost all were Hamas members. In either case, his statement is consistent with what has been reported for earlier border clashes that almost all of those killed were terror group members.

Here is a clip of the section of the Hamas official statement provided by the IDF Spokesperson:

Senior Hamas official sets the record straight on who was killed in last Hamas-orchestrated riots: “50 of the 62 martyrs were Hamas”. Take his word for it. This was no peaceful protest.

(video clip also here)

MEMRI has a longer clip of that section:

An Israeli reporter also notes that during the interview the Hamas official claimed that half of all those killed in the several week of border clashes were Hamas members. Again, that is consistent (perhaps on the low side) with what was previously reported.

Salah Al Bardaweel, a senior Hamas official: 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the last clashes were from Hamas. At least 50% of the Palestinians killed in last few weeks were from Hamas.

In all, this is a repeat of what we always see in reporting on Hamas and Gaza. International media takes Hamas claims at face value as to innocent civilian losses, yet ignores other statements by Hamas and other evidence debunking those claims.

By the time the evidence comes out, the narrative has been set.


This British MP saw the light after jumping to criticize Israel based on media reports:


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They are not martyred, they are just dead.

So Hamas just sacrificed 50 of their most loyal followers (loyal enough to be willing to die for them) and what they got in return was Absolutely Nothing. The blah blah blah on the airwaves doesn’t matter anymore, nobody is even really pretending that it does. The US is sick of them, the Saudi’s are sick of them, the Egyptians are sick of them, the Russians are ignoring them, the Iranians suddenly got a lot more problems than the Palis, and the Euro’s will pretend to sympathize but do nothing, which is all that the Euro’s are good at anymore.

They’re just about at the end of the line. Everything they try is just a bigger and bigger failure. What do they do next, I wonder?

I consider Israel’s response to these invasion attempts to be a very restrained response. Of course, Israel is condemned for self-defense. Per the MSM, those damn Jews should just lie down and let themselves be butchered.

inspectorudy | May 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Oh My! What will the msm do with this new info? They have made civilian martyrs out of all of the dead and now it looks like most were killers trying to get inside the Israeli wall. It has also been reported that Hamas told different groups that the wall had been breached and the Israeli soldiers had run away. This was like sending them into a firing squad.

4th armored div | May 16, 2018 at 2:58 pm

i am a former Brooklyn Boy, why isn’t there a march against the Daily (Faux) News by the Millions of Jews who live in the city and a condemnation by the ‘mayor’ (what a silly observation!

Michael Johnson | May 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm

I object to the repeated use of the term “innocent civilians”. They would only be innocent civilians if they were dragged or marched there at gunpoint or threat.

The correct term might be dupes, fools, or misled wannabe jihadists. I see no evidence that the truly innocent were involved.

Henry Hawkins | May 16, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Hamas knows a military victory isn’t going to happen. What they seek is favorable press coverage that increases political pressure on Israel.

(((Boogs))) | May 16, 2018 at 4:24 pm

The takeaway from these veiled attempts to insert kill teams under cover of civilian mayhem is twofold: why did Hamas deem this tactic necessary, and next, what to make of Hamas’s failure to produce the predicted number of civilians?

The one theme that answers both questions is Hamas’s failing legitimacy, both on the Sunni “street” and among ordinary Gazans.

Murdering a Jewish family or two does nothing to advance an the elimination of Israel. But it does (or did) advance Hamas’s internal legitimacy by compensating for its failed state performance. Hamas, like the PA, is hopelessly corrupt with billions in aid diverted to endless war and Swiss bank accounts. And the true experts on this isn’t the Mossad but ordinary Gazans.

The target audience for this disaster isn’t western media or Israelis: it’s Gazans themselves.

I just hate it when after I’m killed in a demonstration and my nose itches. Riles me no end.

A protest where 62 people died has people coming back.

It’s the “Heaven’s Gate” cult right ?
Has the Hale–Bopp comet returned ?

So a mother brings an 18 month old baby with breathing problems to the front line. The baby dies, because it’s breathing tire smoke and it’s somehow Israel’s fault. Someone explain this to me.

Too bad the IDF didn’t kill a few hundred more of these heathen bastards.