April 6-8, 2018
CIJA Available to Comment on Israel-Hamas Border Clashes
Last Friday, Hamas, a Palestinian terrorist entity banned under Canadian law, mobilized 30,000 Gazans to march to the Gaza-Israel border. Media and commentators widely covered the clashes that ensued. Hamas has announced it will once again mobilize tens of thousands this Friday to march on the border with Israel and provoke further clashes with Israelis.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is available to provide on-air commentary and perspective, should this issue return to headlines this weekend. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Martin Sampson, CIJA
Points to consider:
- Tens of thousands of Israelis live within one or two kilometres of Hamas-controlled Gaza. Hamas has a long record of suicide bombings, missile attacks, and tunnel infiltrations into Israel. Like residents of any other democracy, Israelis have a right to protect themselves from Hamas attempts to breach the border fence.
- Last weekend’s event was not a peaceful demonstration, but a Hamas-orchestrated series of violent clashes with Israelis at the border fence. Hamas operatives attempted to damage or break through the fence, threw fire bombs, and fired assault rifles at Israelis.
- Hamas openly opposes Israel’s existence and rejects all peace initiatives. Its actions last weekend were aimed at inflaming Palestinian anger, escalating the conflict, and making peace harder to achieve.
- The vast majority of Palestinian injuries last weekend were minor, such as irritation from tear gas. At least sixteen of the twenty fatalities last weekend were operatives of Hamas and other terror groups, two of whom were killed after firing assault rifles at Israelis. Hamas itself has published images of some of the slain in combat fatigues.
“Hamas, Fatah battle over Palestinian public opinion” (AL-Monitor)
“Palestinian casualties are no accident for Hamas” (Bloomberg View)
CIJA won’t be active on social media over the last two days of Passover. But, you can follow our Director of Communication Martin Sampson and our Associate Director of Digital Communications Richard Clark on Twitter for ongoing analysis and updates.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada