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Methodist statement on violence about Gaza-Israel border

06 April 2018, 03:57 | Katrina Lee

Since Netanyahu announced the deportation plan some Holot inmates have been transferred to the nearby Saharonim prison. AFP

Refugees in Israel

The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen while sailing off the coast of Gaza.

At least 20 demonstrators were killed by Israeli fire during a mass protest last week of some 30,000 Gazans demanding the right of return for Palestinians who were displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948.

Electricity is on for four hours a day, water in many areas of Gaza is undrinkable and there have been reports of Hamas fighters being armed for further conflict.

Hamas leaders themselves have threatened renewed violence on Friday, with politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh saying Sunday that protests might not stop at the border next time around.

At protest camps near the fence, families of Palestinian refugees originally from towns and cities inside what is now Israel read books and learned first aid as young men stockpiled rubber tires, which they burned to create smokescreens as cover from sniper fire.

Mujahid Khudari, 23, was shot and killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza border, today.

Marcus says the Palestinians have another helper: worldwide media outlets who don't report that Hamas is a terror group committed to Israel's destruction. But they have stopped short of specifically threatening a mass breach of the border fence.

Hamas, in turn, had hoped that Israel and Egypt would end their blockade Gaza if the group handed the reins of government to Abbas. However, talks broke down last month, in part because Hamas refused to disarm. They were reported to be in moderate condition.

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The IDF identified 10 of last Friday's fatalities as known terrorists who opened fire, threw Molotov cocktails and other explosive devices at IDF soldiers. Israel blames Hamas and Islamic Jihad for the violence, and warned it will strike deep inside Gaza if provoked.

Critics say the closure policy has backfired by largely harming Gaza civilians, while leaving Hamas solidly in control. Their rival, the Palestinian Authority, has been feckless at pursuing peace with Israel and past year imposed its own punitive measures on Gaza, including cutting salaries, in a bid to end Hamas's control.

Last Friday's march on the fence ended in violent confrontations, in what was the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza Israel war.

Al-Qasas said desperation over bleak job prospects and economic hardship isn't the sole motive for continuing to risk his life.

"After I weighed the pros and cons, I made a decision to cancel the agreement", said Netanyahu.

Protesters have been stocking up on tyres and say they intend to burn thousands of them at the border and also use mirrors and lasers to distract Israeli sharpshooters across the frontier on Friday.

Organizers have portrayed those affiliated with militant groups as fellow protesters who left weapons and faction insignia at home. Holocaust survivors and rabbis compared the plight of the asylum-seekers to that of the Jews who had unsuccessfully begged countries around the world to take them in as they fled the Nazis before and during World War II.

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