The killing of Palestinian press photographer Yasser Murtaja by the IDF during the events of the Great March of Return highlighted a phenomenon of operatives of Hamas employed as media personnel

Yasser Abdul Rahman Murtaja was a 30-year-old Palestinian press photographer On April 6, 2018, Murtaja was wounded by IDF gunfire while filming the violent clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and IDF forces a few hundred. According to Israeli security sources, press photographer Yasser Murtaja was a Hamas operative. According to the same sources, he served for years as an officer with the rank of captain in the Hamas security services in the Gaza Strip.

The “Great Return March,” Interim Report (Updated to April 9, 2018)

After two months of preparations, on Friday, March 30, 2018, (Land Day), Palestinians in the Gaza Strip began the events of "great return march Hamas plays a central role in the "great return march."

Terror funding by the Palestinian Authority: Mahmoud Abbas recently approved the budget for 2018, about 7% of which is devoted to assisting prisoners, released terrorists, and families of shahids

In its 2018 budget, the PA allocated around NIS 1.28 billion (around USD 360 million), approximately 7% of the budget, to two institutions that assist terrorists imprisoned in Israel, released terrorists, and families of shahids.

Mahmoud Abbas and senior Fatah figures held a reception for a Fatah terrorist operative released after serving 20 years in prison for killing an Israeli on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem

On March 14, 2018, a few days before the lethal stabbing attack carried out on Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem (see Appendix), Mahmoud Abbas hosted a festive reception in his office in Ramallah for Rajaa'i Abd al-Karim Hadad. Hadad is a Fatah operative who served a twenty-year prison term in Israel for his participation in a shooting attack carried out on Hagai Street in 1997.

Hamas’s military wing conducted a large-scale military maneuver

Hamas’s military wing conducted a large-scale two-day (March 25-26, 2018) military maneuver in the Gaza Strip, entitled “Steadfastness and Challenge.” According to the organizers, 30,000 military wing operatives from various units (sea, land, air) took part in the maneuver.

Status of preparations for the “great return march”

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are carrying out intensive preparations for the "great return march." The first event will be held beginning at 10:00 on Friday morning, March 30 2018. Palestinians will be brought to six locations along the border security fence (see below). A media center will be set up on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing.

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