Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Gaza rioters are well-organized by Hamas leaders during clashes with Israeli forces

Thousands of Palestinian Authority Arabs rioted in Gaza, Judea and Samaria on Wednesday to mark what they refer to as the so-called “Nakba” or “catastrophe” on the secular date of the establishment in 1948 of the State of Israel.

At least 10,000 Arabs streamed to the security fence at several locations along the Gaza border with southern Israel, the IDF said, launching incendiary balloons into Israeli territory to set agricultural fields and forests ablaze.

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The leaders of the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations called on Wednesday for the “liberation of all Palestine,” expressed confidence their followers were heading towards “victory and uprooting the Zionist enemy from our land.” They urged the takeover of Israeli towns and villages, and the murder of Israeli civilians – not a “peaceful protest,” as mainstream media was claiming abroad. Hamas officials Fathi Hammad and Khalil al-Haya said President Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ “won’t pass, and we will work to thwart this failed scheme.” They urged Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian Authority not to make peace with Israel.

Likewise, Palestinian Authority leaders in Judea and Samaria also vowed to ignore the White House plan, pledging not to ever abandon the so-called “right of return” for Arabs who abandoned their homes during the 1948 and 1967 wars, and their descendants.

IDF Spokesperson LTC Jonathan Conricus explains in a series of five short videos the basics facts behind the Hamas-led violence that has lasted for a year-plus at the Gaza border.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.