Topic | Choose topic/s and define your search
Affiliations / Personalities
Sources
Date Range

Hamas head on March of Return riots: “We have [not] renounced armed resistance… Marches of Return do not include only Hamas, but Hamas is a part of them and will continue to support them until their goals are achieved”

     "Head of the Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip Yahya Al-Sinwar… said during an exclusive interview with the Al-Aqsa satellite channel… that 'The fact that we are turning to popular resistance does not mean that we have renounced armed resistance.' He also emphasized Hamas’ readiness to carry out its role in defending the Palestinian cause and its willingness to sacrifice for this, and demanded that the Fatah Movement reconsider the use of the power of popular resistance in the occupied West Bank. In response to a question regarding the fact that the occupation is accusing Hamas of being behind the March of Return (i.e., violent riots on the Gazan border with Israel; see note below), the head of Hamas said: 'The Marches of Return do not include only Hamas, but Hamas is a part of them and will continue to support them until their goals are achieved.'"

"The March of Return" refers to massive violent riots in Gaza in which thousands of Palestinians are rioting on the border with Israel and attempting to cut through the security fence, attacking with firebombs, flaming kites, and gunfire. The riots began on March 30, 2018, and were scheduled to
last for 6 weeks until Palestinian "Nakba" Day on May 15. On the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018, the Palestinian attacks escalated and 62 Palestinians were killed. A senior official of the terror organization Hamas, Salah Bardawil, stated that 50 of the 62 belonged to Hamas, while Islamic Jihad identified 3 others as belonging to it.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, an Israeli research institute, published research documenting that from the start of the riots on March 30 until May 15, 93 of the 112 Palestinians killed in the riots (approximately 83%) were members of terrorist organizations.
Petitions against the IDF's use of live fire to combat the rioting submitted by organizations that advocate for Palestinian rights were rejected by Israel's Supreme Court on May 24, 2018. The court accepted the state's argument that the riots were "organized and directed" by Hamas, a terrorist organization, and thereby rejecting the claim that the riots were peaceful and civilian in nature. PMW reports were referred to in the Supreme Court's decision.