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PA Spokesman refers to arson-kites and balloons carrying flammables as “children’s games” in order to attack Israel’s response as “shedding of the unarmed citizens’ blood”

Headline: “The [PA] government: The international silence towards the occupation’s crimes is encouragement [of Israel] to commit additional attacks”

“Official [PA] Government Spokesman Yusuf Al-Mahmoud… said: ‘The occupation’s escalation, to which the Gaza Strip – which is under siege – has been witness in recent hours, constitutes part of the occupation government’s policy towards our residents and the heroic members of our people, in continuation of the tyrannical siege and in continuation of the threats, aggression, and shedding of the unarmed citizens’ blood.’
He added: ‘The occupation is striving to create equations in which there is a parallel between the newest and most lethal fighter jets and a c hildren’s game such as kites (i.e., flaming arson-kites) used by peaceful protesters as one of the means of protest against the siege and the occupation. This is in order to ensure the continuation of its aggression and to justify it before the world.’”
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"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.

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