The Hamas leader said Israel’s threats of retaliation didn’t frighten the Palestinian people, adding that the calculus of deterrence weighed against Israel, rather than the residents of Gaza.
The Gaza Hamas-run ministry of interior said in a statement Wednesday that 507 Palestinians managed to cross the Rafah crossing point Tuesday and that there are still dozens waiting in Gaza to cross.
Despite the federation president’s opinion that expelling a member nation is not the appropriate course of action, there appears to be little hope that the Palestinian demand that Israel be expelled from FIFA, the International Football (read: Soccer) Federation, won’t be pushed to a vote at the group’s conference in Geneva on Friday.
They may be seeking to embarrass Hamas and demonstrate their capabilities with the Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Tuesday’s rocket was the third fired from Gaza since the ceasefire ending the 50-day conflict in summer 2014, which killed about 2,200 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 on the Israeli side, most of them soldiers.
Masked Palestinian gunmen in black T-shirts and pants paraded seven of the suspected collaborators, handcuffed and hooded, to their deaths outside a downtown mosque after Friday Prayer. Amnesty International said the killings were part of an operation in Gaza called Strangling Necks, aimed at instilling fear and settling scores. It is still unclear how many rockets were fired from Gaza. Atta was an ex-Palestinian Authority policeman serving a 15 year sentence since 2009 for alleged “collaboration” with Israel when he was tortured and killed in August 2014.
Najjar’s brother is quoted in the report as saying that there were “marks of torture and bullet wounds on his body”. “His arms and legs were broken,” he said.
Amnesty issued a report which details a “brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of ‘collaborating’ with Israel”.
At the moment, no Gazan group has claimed official responsibility for the rocket firing. The rocket landed in an open area near the town of Gan Yavne, outside the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, but didn’t cause casualties or damage.
The IDF believes the terrorist groups operating in Gaza understand that while the Iron Dome missile defense system can intercept 90 percent of the projectiles fired at populated areas in Israel, it has struggled to neutralize mortar shells, which have a range of up to 1 kilometer (six-tenths of a mile).
Barred by Israel from entering Gaza to carry out its research, Amnesty says it relied on a local field worker to conduct its interviews.