THE GREAT DECEPTION MARCH ON GAZA’S BORDER


Israeli soldiers use tear gas against Palestinian rioters on the Gaza border, March 30, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen.

What would the US do if 30,000 Mexicans, organized by a known terrorist group, marched towards the Texas border demanding to return to their ancestors’ homes?—?with many of the protesters throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, carrying fence cutters, launching burning kites that set ablaze US territory near the border, igniting tires, and even shooting guns at US agents?

If the US used force to protect its border against such a “peaceful protest,” what percentage of the 30,000 Mexicans would end up dead or injured? Would it be more or less than 40 (about 0.13%)? And how would the global media and human rights organizations react to these incidents?

Now consider the reaction to Israel’s defense against precisely this kind of assault on its sovereign border, dubbed the “Great Return March” and organized by Hamas, a State Department-designated terrorist organization.?Hamas has acknowledged that at least five of its members?were among those killed during the march. The number of terrorists involved in the related violence is likely much higher. According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, “32 of the 40 Palestinians killed (80%)?were terrorist operatives?or individuals affiliated with them.”

If the “Great Return March” had any truth to it, the Hamas-organized propaganda offensive would have been called the “Great Deception March,” because it is entirely founded upon deception. Incredibly, on April 6,?an adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority (PA), himself highlighted the deceptive nature of the march, accusing Hamas of “only selling illusions, trading in suffering and blood.” Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Abbas’ Adviser on Islamic Affairs and Supreme Sharia Judge, delivered a sermon broadcast on official PA TV, in the presence of Abbas, in which Al-Habbash accused Hamas of intentionally sending Palestinians in Gaza to “go and die” only so Hamas has stories of dead Palestinians for “the TV and media.”...

Noah Beck is the author of? The Last Israelis, an apocalyptic novel about Iranian nukes and other geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

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