Joe Truzman presented his findings, which are at odds with a UN Report, on the identity of many of those killed — they were military members of terrorist groups including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
We have extensively documented how the supposedly “peaceful protests” at the Gaza-Israel border fence are, in reality, Hamas and Islamic Jihad military terror operations using some civilians as cover, including women and children.
The so-called ‘Great March of Return’ is turned on and off by Hamas as its needs require. See our prior posts for images and video:
- After Hamas leader calls on crowd to become martyrs, hundreds surge Gaza-Israel border fence
- PHOTO: Gaza “protesters” loft molotov cocktail on swastika kite over Israeli border
- Palestinians complain Israel not allowing tires into Gaza … after Palestinians created toxic cloud of burning tires
- Swastika next to Palestinian flag in Gaza now symbol of ‘Great March of Return’
- Massive Palestinian tire burn pollutes Gaza, as attempts to breach Israel border fail
- 15 terrorists now identified among dead from last Gaza border clash, as Palestinians plan toxic tire fire
- PHOTOS: Most Palestinians killed at Gaza border clash were terrorists
- Israel: Photographer Yasser Murtaja killed near Gaza border was Hamas military operative
- Hamas Commander killed at Gaza border when ‘hand grenade’ exploded prematurely
- NY Times concludes Israel did not intentionally shoot medic Rouzan al-Najjar
Over 80% of the Gazans killed at the border have been military members of terrorist groups, the best evidence that these are not really civilian protests. Even some of the “children” involved, and who have been killed or injured, were teenage military members of terrorist groups.
Joe Truzman has been a leader in documenting the identity of the terrorists involved at the border, and the violent actions directed at Israel, as we noted in Meet Joe Truzman, our go-to source on Gaza and Palestinian terror groups.
Increasingly, Joe is being recognized for his work, including by UN Watch, which fights anti-Israel bias at the UN, including the UN Human Rights Council. UN Watch organized an alternative program on the day the UN Human Right Council was holding another on of its anti-Israel hatefests. This most recent hatefest included release of a biased report about the Gaza border protests and the death of Palestinians, portraying the events as civilian protests.
Joe’s presentation included some of his research into individuals listed in the UN report, and how the UN did not disclose the military terrorist memberships of those involved. You can read Joe’s testimony at his Ground Brief newsletter (to which you really should subscribe), excerpts of which are below. The full video of his presentation is at the bottom of this post.
On Monday morning, I presented evidence of militant activity at the March of Return at a UNWatch side-panel at the United Nations. The United Nations was debating several reports and resolutions against the state of Israel. One of those reports was the United Nations Committee of Inquiry on the March of Return.
I’ve been following and researching militants groups in Gaza since the start of the 2014 Gaza war. This began as a hobby for me which soon turned into a full time job. I use open-source material to gather data points from the Gaza Strip. Over time, I observed how militant factions operated in Gaza and learned about their presence on social media. When the March of Return started, I noticed gaps between what was happening on the ground at the border and what was highlighted in the press.
Specifically, Palestinian border units that were active in infiltrating through the security fence, also launched incendiary kites and explosive-laden balloons into Israel. This is when I started to publish my research and analysis online about the militants….
I gathered evidence of units formed by Palestinian militants who were active at the border. These units are primarily responsible for infiltrations through the security fence, launching of explosive-laden balloons towards Israel and the use of explosives at the border.
Regarding the UN Committee of Inquiry report, I used a similar method as with the AP report. Using open-source material, I cross-referenced names of Palestinians mentioned in the report to see if there were any errors or inconsistencies.
Joe then goes through several examples. Here is just one of them:
Subject 4: Ahmed Sha’ar
A section of the COI report covered children killed by IDF gunfire. Ahmed Sha’ar was noted as a child killed by the IDF on May 14th. A fact the COI missed was his role as a fighter in Saraya al-Quds, the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
After these several examples, Joe summed up the glaring omission from the UN report:
The COI report stated it did not find evidence of armed Palestinians at the March of Return. I researched this and uncovered this to be false.
There are more militants killed at the Gaza border that I have not mentioned in my findings.
There are also militants I haven’t mentioned who are members of Palestinian border units who are currently active at the security fence.
Militants are involved in demonstrations, riots, infiltrations and other acts of violence at the security fence. At least five militants killed at the March of Return are mentioned in the COI report without reference to their militant backgrounds. Some children in COI report were members of militant groups. Contrary to COI report, Palestinians present during March of Return demonstrations/riots were armed.
I hope my presentation has shed light on militant activity at the March of Return and regarding information missing from the COI report.
Here is the video of Joe’s presentation.
Here’s an alternative view which includes the images projected on the screen behind Joe.DONATE
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