Gaza activist Ahmad Abu Rutema, spokesman for the so-called March of Return, the Hamas-led riots on Israel’s border, has conceded that Hamas has “lost the battle for public opinion,” and that “there is nothing wrong with a tactical withdrawal” when the path becomes too costly.
United With Israel Since the so-called “March of Return” was launched by Hamas in March, there have been near-weekly, violent riots along the Israel-Gaza border organized by the terrorist group. The riots have given Palestinians cover to attack Israeli security forces with gunfire, grenades, Molotov cocktails, and efforts to illegally infiltrate into Israeli territory to carry out terrorist attacks. Hamas also sent women and children to the front line to use them as human shields.
At least 160 Palestinians have been killed as a result of the rioting, and one Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper. In addition to clashes at the border, southern Israel has experienced hundreds of fires caused by incendiary terror kites and balloons flown over the border from Gaza.
The majority of those killed in the border clashes were terrorists, Israel has proven.
“We want to save the idea itself from death. The images of torn limbs, wounded people, blood, and martyrs are very painful, and must drive us to reexamine all our tactics and to invent new ones,” he concluded.
In contrast, in an interview with Al Jazeera in May, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar called the idea that the terrorist group was employing “peaceful resistance” against Israel “a clear terminological deception.”
“When you have weapons that are being wielded by men who were able to prevent the strongest army in the region from entering the Gaza Strip for 51 days and were able to capture or kill soldiers of that army — is this really ‘peaceful resistance’?” asked al-Zahhar during a interview with Al Jazeera in May.
“When we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public,” he said. “This is peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies, and enjoying tremendous popular support.”
Gazans, however, show no hesitancy on this as they strongly believe that it is indeed Hamas that stands behind the initiation and organization of the March of Return. They are present at the scene of the violence, and therefore know the truth.
The truth is that the supposedly peaceful protests were violent riots, promoted by Hamas and executed mostly by terrorists.
The vast majority of the Palestinians believe that the March of Return has achieved nothing.
In the below video, the “blockades” they refer to by Israel and Egypt are solely for the prevention of arms shipments into Gaza from foreign entities. There is no limit on the number of humanitarian trucks transporting food, supplies, clothing, medicines, vehicles, and every other kind of non-weaponry product…and hundreds of them cross the borders into Gaza every single day.