VIOLENCE AT GAZA BORDER: 55 Fatalities & Over 2,000 Wounded As 50,000 Protest [UPDATED 12:30PM IL]

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(VIDEOS/PHOTOS & PREVIOUS UPDATES IN EXTENDED ARTICLE)

In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed at least 55 Palestinians and wounded more than 2000, during violent mass protests Monday along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in Jerusalem. It was by far the deadliest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

Throughout the day, protesters set tires ablaze, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border. The IDF said Hamas tried to carry out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests. The army released video showing demonstrators ripping away and setting fire to parts of the barbed-wire border fence, and appearing to climb on the fence as they lobbed flaming objects into the Israeli side.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said hundreds of protesters carried out “concerted, coordinated” attacks on the border fence. Although the crowd did not manage to break through, he said they caused “significant damage.”

Conricus also said Hamas militants disguised as protesters tried to infiltrate and plant explosives along the fence, and there were at least three instances of armed Hamas gunmen trying to carry out attacks. Israeli aircraft and tanks struck seven Hamas positions.

There was barely any mention of the Gaza violence at Monday’s lavish inauguration ceremony for the new embassy, an upgraded consular building located just 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.

11:30PM IL: As night has fallen, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says 55 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in the violence.

4:30PM IL: Up to 45 Palestinians have been killed in along the Gaza border with Israel, in a burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

It was the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating cross-border war between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel in 2014.

3:38PM IL: The death toll has risen to 37 dead and as many as 1,600 wounded at the Gaza border.

3:00PM IL: Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 25 Palestinians were killed and over 500 were wounded in Monday’s demonstrations. The IDF reports that as many as 50,000 Gazans were protesting at 12 locations near the border.

1:26PM IL: Death toll in Gaza climbs to seven, with Walla News reporting over 500 injured. Gaza sources reporting 30,000 protesters along the fence at ten different locations.

1:08PM IL: Walla News update: 3 dead and 147 wounded Gazans with some 10,000 protesters involved in the violence now.

12:49PM IL: Sources in Gaza are reporting three fatalities and close to 100 wounded, at least half from teargas, as clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza fence have begun on Monday, 29 Iyar, as Hamas said they would.

Israeli forces are under attack with stones and tires are being burned as in past week to limit visibility in the area. One can see the black acrid smoke via the live feed.

According to Israel Kan 11 News reports, the situation is likely to get worse later in the day when schools are done in Gaza and thousands of students become involved. As it is, there are many Gazans parading thought Gaza as the day’s events get underway.

Today’s violence is the culmination of weeks of violent Friday’s leading to today’s Nakba Day, the ‘Day of Disaster’, the term used by the Arabs to refer to the establishment of the State of Israel, this time, timed to coincide with the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite objections from Arab nations.

Thousands of IDF soldiers and other security personnel have been assigned to the border, and despite Hamas’ threats, Israeli officials warn there will be zero tolerance for any and all attempts to compromise the border to southern Israel.

Officials are also prepared for attempts to riot and carry out attacks in the Beit Lechem, Ramallah, and Shechem district, as well as the extremely high security in Jerusalem surrounding the ceremony to open the new US Embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




27 COMMENTS

  1. Es hot nisht ausgefehlt. Moving the embassy is an unnecessary provocation. What are we trying to prove? To whom? We as Jews know that Yerushalayim is our holy city, and one day the Beis Hamikdash will be built. The American embassy does not give it any holiness.

  2. What do you call 3 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

    What do you call 7 dead terrorists? A good start. May the entire population of terrorists be exterminated.

  3. Moving the embassy was never an important issue for israelis. Never once was there a demonstration to move it to jerusalem. And to do it on nakba day was really a crazy idea. An unnecessary instigation. Maybe against our Torah If as a result yidden-חו”ש get hurt

  4. What are you talking about? It was americas decision to move their embassy and Israel agreed to their request. These filthy rats have been fighting us for years not just from today! Besides they have been protesting for weeks.

  5. The Hamas officials have much to benefit by way of propaganda and making Israel look bad in inflating the number of wounded and killed. I don’t believe their numbers. That being said, the more terrorists neutralized, the better.

  6. Yossii
    who is WE? We believe in Hashem NOT Israel. Hashem’s words count, not Israel not Trump or the US government, not the palestinians either

  7. So yerushalmi, since we believe in Hashem let’s just not do any histadlus. Let’s forgo the IDF, the American Military, vote out Trump and put in another Jimmy Carter, etc. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, we need both the learning of Torah and the IDF. We will perish without both, as we are not nearly on the required level for Our Torah and Mitzvos to only merit us blessings sadly

  8. Cousin sue,

    We don’t protest almost anything,
    This is an important issue for Israelis (most of the country wants yerushalayim as their capital) you might be talking about the lefties like yourself that want to give away all of eretz yisrael

  9. TGIShabbos
    If there wouldn’t be a treife medinah, the hishtadlus of joining the IDF wouldn’t be necessary. The secular, somewhat atheist government merits success in Israel ONLY because of the righteous Jews.

  10. Yerushalmi in exile ” stay in Exile”

    You’re missing the big picture here. Regardless whether we move the embassy or not they will still riot and cry “death to the Jews”- that’s including you. So buckle up shut up and daven.

  11. 1- That’s unfortunately absurd that you think the terrorism Israel faces is because of the treif medinah. I say “unfortunate” because you and I both have been anxiously waiting thousand+ years for the third Beis Hamikdash- and for the vast majority of the time there was no treif or kosher medinah of E’Y (only since 1948).

    I’m not arguing and saying that much of the State of Israel isn’t secular- because it most certainly is. I’ll likely have an easier time finding a minyan and glatt kosher restaurant in Houston, TX than I would in Tel Aviv- granted. But, I hold on my statement that Jews GLOBALLY are not on the level of Torah learning, chesed, disappearance of Loshon Hora, etc to be able to have 100% bracha without our histadlus via military protection forces (the IDF needs the merits of learners and the learners need the physical efforts of the IDF). I just can’t seem to fathom why you think the sole issue is because of the “treif medinah”. Shavuos night, learn in Niviim about the Jewish military and wars in Israel during the time of governing Dovid Hamelech (there was no “treif medinah” or governing secular David Ben- Gurion at the time)

  12. To blame anti-Semitism and violence on Zionism is delusional and apikorses. We are in golus and we are hated, period. Our history is full of the bloodshed and pain of our innocent ancestors and that was BEFORE Zionism.

    It’s absolutely ridiculous to think that we should dissolve the Israeli government so that these two-footed Arab animals should be able to do as they wish to the Jews in Eretz Yisroel c”v.

    Grow some brains and stop thinking like propogandized sheep.

  13. Why are we giving the BDS people so much free ammunition? Read the international press – Israel is being criticized everywhere except in the US (and there are people here criticizing too.) Israel has never been good at PR, and opening the Jerusalem embassy on Nakba Day was the height of stupidity. And surely our defense people can come up with ways of defending the boundary fence without causing so much loss of life. Why are we playing into their hands?

    And besides the casualty rate, people are also being reminded about the blockade and how it affects Gazan civilians in everyday life – especially with things like obstacles to adequate health care and schools. This is all so much free publicity for the BDS people that I wonder if they don’t have a mole in the Israeli government. If we deliberately set out to defeat our own best interests, we would have trouble doing a better job.

  14. Before the socialists from Europe came in droves, things weren’t bad in Mandated Palestine. Once they started causing politics it got the Arabs upset. Now that we provoked the Arabs, of course we need more hishtadlus. The frum were the original zionists; The success of the army is only due to the merits of the righteous Jews who learn Torah. The last war the IDF won was in 1967. Stay humble.

  15. Midwest2:

    You wrote: “And surely our defense people can come up with ways of defending the boundary fence without causing so much loss of life.”

    Your comment started out rational, and my disagreement with it does not reduce the saichel it conveys. But this statement borders on the absurd. Defending a boundary fence? They are defending a borders against mobs trying to breach it. they are defending against those making extreme efforts to invade Israel’s borders, commit acts of murder, terror, and violence. They are intent on kidnapping Israeli citizens, and have been structuring all their activity to support that. No. They are not protecting a fence. They are protecting a country, in which you, or I, or our relatives live from subhuman savages that are using the arenas of the media to make them look like victims and Israelis like aggressors. It took years of evil Democrats of the Obama administration to build the egos to support this, and the world opinion to strengthen against Israel. Finally, a US president stood up for morality and truth.

    Lastly, these animals are protesting all the time, and have never abandoned for a moment their efforts to undermine Israel and commit more of the atrocities they have been doing in the past. Any event that occurs provides them reason to escalate their terror activity, and they find the listening ears of the media dumb enough to buy their excuses (and people stupid enough to swallow that nonsense). I like your implication that Israel scheduled this to irritate these poor souls. No other schedule would have produced a different result. I feel bad if your intellect convinces you that your premise is correct. History proves otherwise. History shows how Israel made concessions, one after the next, each time provoking more and more terror. All that is different now is that we finally have a leader in the WH who places moral values before hate, and takes Israel’s side.

  16. The United States of America has a sovereign right to buy and sell real estate, and to do with it as it pleases without special permission from Bolivia at the United Nations or any other group, either real or imaginary.
    Putting a sign on an already existing building, owned and operated by the United States of America is not a “provocation” anymore than adding another bench.
    Unless we have gone so far as to put some random people in charge of international zoning laws, thereby violating a) the sovereignty of the United States of America, AND b) the state of Israel.

    So let’s call this what it is. I see people with selfie sticks, and the usual cadre of highly paid (with bonuses) journolists, and a bunch of rioters who use this as their claim to fame. I don’t know what goes on in Europe, but no one has told them that the world just ain’t watching. They’re not famous. Give it up.

  17. The United States of America has a sovereign right to buy and sell real estate, and to do with it as it pleases without special permission from Bolivia at the United Nations or any other group, either real or imaginary.
    Putting a sign on an already existing building, owned and operated by the United States of America is not a “provocation” anymore than adding another bench.
    Unless we have gone so far as to put some random people in charge of international zoning laws, thereby violating a) the sovereignty of the United States of America, AND b) the state of Israel.

    So let’s call this what it is. I see people with selfie sticks, and the usual cadre of highly paid (with bonuses) journolists, and a bunch of rioters who use this as their claim to fame. I don’t know what goes on in Europe, but no one has told them that the world just ain’t watching. They’re not famous. Give it up.
    Secondly, these pictures wouldn’t elicit any sympathy.

  18. 1- if the zionists stole homes and land from the arabs, then that must mean that many of the Gedolei Hador and yeshivas and kollels in Israel must be living in stolen homes too. Chas v’ Shalom! Each response your provide is insulting to all Jews

  19. Jews have suffered from the Europeans AND ALSO Muslims. Yes, GENERALLY the Europeans were more vicious with their persecutions. However just as there is relative peace today in Europe the opposite is occuring in the Middle East with hundreds of thousands killed and misplaced by ARAB VIOLENCE. To think that just because Jews lived in RELATIVE “peace” with the Arabs in the past (whoever thinks that Jews lived in peace in Arabian countries is being dilusional and uneducated) it doesnt mean that TODAY Muslims wouldn’t hesitate to kill Jews as they kill each other and other minorities. This is IRRELEVANT to Zionism, even if their EXCUSE is Zionism, for if they wouldn’t have Zionism as an excuse to kill they would use another excuse.

    Jews stole nobody’s land. Arabs today live on Jews’ land. Christian and Muslim invaders plundered, robbed and masacred the Jews in the Land of Israel/ Judea/ Palestine. In modern day history Jews reclaimed the land by purchase or in DEFENSIVE wars.

    And Jews haters learn some hustory, get educated. (Yes you frum Jew haters who think you have no hatred towards other Jews, if you don’t want Jews to live build and expand in Eretz Yisroel while you build and expand frum communuties in chutz l’arutz then you hate Jews just like anti-Semites do). Practically all modern countries were built with invaders taking over the natives or earlier settlers and that is without these invaders having historical ties to the lans, while Jews have historical ties and unbroken history to the Land of Israel.

    Some frum Jews sound like anti-Semites themselves. According to them we can’t defend ourselves nor own land because two footed animals don’t want us to live in peace in our land.

  20. Lol TGI wrong. I didn’t say all land was stolen. The Mir, Porat Yosef, Yeshivat Chevron e.g. were not. There are some yeshivas in settlements that can be debated. Rothschild bought land from the ottomans; another example. Yes technically ramat eshkol is stolen land. Beis Yisroel and geulah are not.

  21. Philosopher how can you say it has “nothing to do with Zionism.” Zionists started a war, which caused a political crisis. Yes Arabs are anti-semitic, but Jews were able to live in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Iran before 1947.