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Gaza Border Residents Protest Government Indifference

Hamas Officials Visit Cairo for Talks

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13 Jul 2018 (All day)
Gaza Border Residents Protest Government Indifference
Residents of the Gaza border region protested on Thursday against what they said was government indifference to the threats they are facing from their neighbours in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, especially the arson attacks by kite and balloon born incendiary devices which have burned thousands of acres of farmland and forests. Meanwhile, a Hamas delegation was in Cairo on Thursday to discuss the regional situation with Egyptian officials. The visit comes amidst a spike in tensions between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority which administers the Palestinian cities in the West Bank. Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar told the Al-Jazeera network this week, in response to a question about what kind of aid package for the belegured residents of the Strip Hamas would be willing to accept, that  “Any proposal that comes without a political price is acceptable. Hamas will not accept any deal that includes a political price. We will not give up one inch of Palestine in return for easing of restrictions.”

In related news, the Shurat Hadin – Israel Law Center, representing terrorist victims’ families, received a temporary injunction Thursday from Jerusalem District Court Judge Moshe Drori to seize two Norwegian-owned ships which activists are preparing to use in an upcoming attempt to break the Gaza blockade, should the IDF capture them intact, and sell them with the money going to families of Hamas’ victims.

“Flotilla organizers sail here on ships every year to try to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip and to violate the sovereignty of Israel,” said Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. “Every year they are stopped by the IDF and their ships are towed to the Ashdod Port and they are sent home as if nothing occurred. No longer. This time, the ships will not be returned to their owners, but will be turned over to terrorist victims. For the first time, the flotilla organizers will learn that there is a price to pay for their provocations, for systematic violations of international law and for supporting a terrorist organization.”

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