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Hamas official: March of Return is “peaceful,” the “armed resistance” is what protects it so “no one will think that the weapons of the resistance have rusted”

Headline: “Khalil Al-Hayya: The armed resistance is the shield of the popular marches, and the occupation fears a confrontation”
       “Hamas Movement Political Bureau member Khalil Al-Hayya emphasized that the March of Return (refers to massive violent protests; see note below –Ed.) in the Gaza Strip is peaceful, and emphasized that the armed resistance is the shield that protects it ‘so that no one will think that the weapons of the resistance have rusted and the resistance’s status has changed.’”

"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.