The “Great Return March:” Demonstrations of May 4, 2018, and continuation to be expected

The acts of violence on Friday, May 4, 2018, continued for the sixth week since the violent demonstrations (“the Great Return March”) began on March 30, 2018. Around 10,000 demonstrators (similar to the previous Friday) participated in the Friday demonstrations in six locations near the security fence. The climax of the violent events was when dozens of demonstrators broke into the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing, damaging equipment and gas and fuel storage facilities.

“History lecture” by Mahmoud Abbas: At the opening of the PNC session, Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech of fake history and anti-Semitism

The deliberations of the 23rd Palestinian National Congress (PNC) started on April 30, 2018, in Ramallah. At the opening of the Congress, Mahmoud Abbas delivered a long speech, which included many topics. One of them, to which he dedicated about 20 minutes of his speech, was a “history lecture” replete with fake history. This part of the speech, which was full of inaccuracies and distorted names and dates, dealt with denying the connection of the Jews to the Land of Israel.

“Molotov kites” – a new means of causing damage to Israel as part of the violent demonstrations of the “Great Return March”

In recent weeks, during the riots of the “Great Return March,” we are witnessing a new phenomenon of sending kites toward Israeli territory, with inflammable materials attached to their tails (hereinafter: “Molotov kites”). The purpose of sending the Molotov kites is to cause damage to Israel by setting fire to fields and Israeli communities adjacent to the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Following the events of the Great Return March, anti-Israeli activists in Europe are trying to organize a flotilla to the Gaza Strip (initial report)

Concurrently with the events of the Great Return March, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an umbrella framework of organizations engaged in sending flotillas to the Gaza Strip, announced that preparations were being made to send a flotilla to “break the siege” over the Gaza Strip (Al-Aqsa, April 15, 2018). The flotilla, which numbers several boats (currently four or five), is expected to depart for the Gaza Strip from several European countries (Twitter, PalInfo, April 9, 2018).

The “Great Return March”: Demonstrations of April 27, 2018, and continuation to be expected

On Friday, April 27, 2018, the fifth Friday of the demonstrations of the "Great Return March," riots took place along the Gaza border with Israel. An estimated 10,000 Palestinians participated in the incidents in five focal points. The events of last Friday included many acts of violence, the most serious of which was an attempt to break through the fence and penetrate into Israel in the Karni crossing area.

An ITIC examination reveals that another Palestinian media person killed in the Gaza Strip was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

On April 25, 2018, the death of media person Ahmed Abu Hussein was reported. He was seriously wounded during the "great return march" events on Friday, April 13, 2018, while covering a demonstration near the border fence in the Jabalia area. Due to the complicated nature of his wound he was transferred to a hospital in Ramallah, and from there to the Intensive Care unit in the Tel Hashomer hospital in Israel (Ma'an, April 26, 2018). He died from his wounds in the hospital.

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