Over the weekend Hamas tried a similar stunt to last week’s attempted swarming of the Gaza-Israel border. This time they burned thousands of rubber tyres to create a literal smokescreen in order to hide their next attempted invasion in what they called the “Gaza Return March“.
Those dastardly Israelis even had the temerity – not to mention ingenuity – to use giant fans to blow the toxic black smoke back at the “protestors” (aka violent terrorists), which is yet another black mark (excuse the pun) against Israel.
From the above Jewish Press link:
Hamas terrorists once again attempted to breach the security fence along the Gaza border with Israel on Friday, against all warnings by Israel and recommendations by everyone else worldwide, using 20,000 rioters, 10,000 burning tires and numerous attempts at infiltrating Israeli territory to carry out terror attacks.
In various spots along the border, thousands of Gazans burned 10,000 tires – as commanded by Hamas – which produced a thick, oily black smoke that rose into the sky, blinding most people and choking everything and everyone around. It was an effective mask for the efforts of Hamas terrorists and their allies who then proceeded to attempt destroy the security fence and infiltrate into Israeli territory to carry out terror attacks.
Among the nine Arabs who were killed in the ensuing violence was an alleged Palestinian Authority journalist, Yasser Murtaja, who was reportedly hit while filming in an area completely masked by the thick black smoke. The IDF said in a statement that the soldiers did not deliberately target any journalist.
Among the weapons employed by the Israeli military to fight the smoke were giant fans next huge jets of water.
Defense Minister Liberman responding to the death of the journalist said, “I don’t know who he is, a photographer or not a photographer. Whoever flies a drone over IDF soldiers should know he is endangering himself. There were already events where terrorists dressed up as reporters.
As with last week’s attempted invasion, Hamas’ plot did not succeed, and in the ensuing violence another 9 Palestinian terrorists were killed.
Since no Israelis were considerate enough to die or even be injured, foreign media outlets were enraged at this disproportion on the part of Israel. After all, how unfair can you get? How can you kill your enemy and not let even one of your own soldiers or civilians die?
Watch these outrageous interviews and the brilliant response from Israel’s spokesmen. Here is Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, in an interview with Sky News:
And here is the Prime Minister’s spokesman, David Keyes:
Time and time again I am outraged anew, as I am sure you all are, at the hostile questioning and badgering of Israeli interviewees whenever the IDF defends Israel’s citizens and its borders. I am hard-pressed to think of another country whose representatives are treated with such antagonism in the media. What can this be other than (not so latent) antisemitism?
Just to clarify, the “Gaza Return March” was no innocent protest, as we already know from last week’s attempt. Look at the beautiful flag the Palestinians decided to fly to declare their intentions:
Despite, or rather because of all the above, British antisemites were out in force yesterday protesting Israel’s defensive actions on the Gaza border. Not a word, mind you, decrying Hamas’ human rights abuses against its own population or its attempted attack on Israel’s sovereignty, just like you will never hear a word in protest against Assad’s butchery and torture of his own people. Antisemites only get exercised when Israel defends itself, as we saw with the Sky News interviews above.
The British antisemites managed to tie two anti-Jewish issues neatly together, combining an attack on Israel with an attack on the British Jewish community for their anti-antisemitism protest, designating it a plot to bring Jeremy Corbyn down.
Harry’s Place has the report:
The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council were accused of trying to bring about the political lynching of Jeremy Corbyn in Westminster today.
At a demonstration organised by the Palestine Forum in Britain Glyn Secker, Secretary of Jewish Voice for Labour, attacked the two main representative bodies of the Jewish community, he did so to great applause.
Secker said of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council that;
“Their purpose is transparent, to bring down Corbyn because he is on the side of justice for Palestinians”
There are some sickening photos from the anti-Jewish rally, which would have done justice to Hamas – and to Der Stuermer too.
Shame on all of them. They are a disgrace to their country.
At the same time it was gratifying to see yet another Jewish protest against Labour antisemitism, this time organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism – which luckily came just in time to counter the anti-Israel Labour rally mentioned above.
Up to 1,000 people have descended on Labour’s headquarters to protest the party’s handling of anti-Semitism, and particularly to condemn leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The demonstration, organised by the Campaign against Antisemitism, was the second to he held amid the crisis in two weeks and came as a poll for the Guardian revealed half the electorate believe the party has a problem with the issue.
Unlike the last rally outside Parliament Square attended by forty Labour parliamentarians and many from other parties, no senior politicians addressed the crowds today.
Actress Maureen Lipman, a vocal critic of the last two Labour leaders, said she was there as a “disenfranchised socialist”, adding: “How scary that we have to be here at all today.”
The British Jewish actress Maureen Lipman was amongst those who addressed the crowd. Here she is on Sky News explaining her stance and expressing the feelings of so many of us:
If only these Jewish protests and counter-demos would have some effect on Labour’s attitudes, or on the rising antisemitism in Britain in general. Sadly I have my doubts, though I would be delighted to be proven wrong.