How Hamas Controls the Gaza Border Marches

(Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center) A year has passed since the Palestinian "Return" marches at the Gaza border began. While they began as an initiative of social activists, Hamas quickly took control of the marches even before the first march took place. Hamas determines the nature of the marches and regulates their level of violence, in accordance with its strategy. Hamas encouraged the establishment of a civilian leadership for the marches called the "Supreme National Authority of the Return Marches and Lifting the Siege." Yet it is Hamas that gives the marches their organizational, logistical, political and media framework. Hamas operatives are those who are close to the border fence and engage in clashes with the IDF. Hamas operatives constitute the highest percentage of those who died during the marches.

2019-04-22 00:00:00

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