by: Elior Levy, Matan Tzuri, Attila Somfalvi and Alexandra Lukash
Tuesdsay, 11 June 2019 | After a one-week respite, sources in Gaza announced that the weekly Friday protests at the border will be renewed this Friday and will focus on protesting a statement made by US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, that Israel has a right to annex sections of the West Bank [Judea and Samaria].
Those behind the weekly border protests announced that the slogan for this week’s protests will be “No annexing the West Bank, Friedman shut up.” Last Friday, when Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan [one of the Five Pillars of Islam when stringent disciplines are observed], there were no protests at the border.
Meanwhile, the balloon terror continues. On Monday, JNF [Jewish National Fund] officials and park rangers said that there were several fires, assumed to be a result of incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, in the Kisufim, Magen and Simchoni woodlands, as well as in a wheat field near Kibbutz Kfar Azza [all within a few miles of the Gaza border], where more than 100 dunam [25 acres] of wheat were destroyed.
Last week, Israeli security officials told the Wall Street Journal that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza have replenished their weapons stockpiles to the amount they possessed before the latest flare-up with Israel—some 10,000 mostly low and medium range rockets—and that they have done so by means of smuggling and local manufacturing.
Posted on June 11, 2019
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