Understanding Gaza

By Cheryl Hancock-Watts, Reporting from Israel, Special to IPAnews.com

April 10, 2018

In order to understand what’s happening in Gaza, you will need to know some background.

Muslims believe that once they conquer a territory, it’s forever a part of the Islamic world. Israel has been conquered by many nations in the past including the Muslims and Turks. So, most Muslims believe that ALL of Israel is Islamic territory.

In May of 1948 Arab leaders told the Arabs of then, ‘Palestine’ that they will have a war with the “New” Nation of Israel. They encouraged the Arabs to leave their homes until after the war, then they could return again. Israel offered citizenship to the Arabs and many are now Israeli Arabs, 2.5 million! Those who refused citizenship fled to surrounding Arab nations for refuge to wait out the war. But to their surprise, Israel won the war after fighting with six Arab Nations.


History books record around 800,000 Arabs left ‘Palestine in May of 48, and still remain ‘refugees’ in Arab lands because the nations would not integrate the Arabs from Palestine. (Today their descendants are also considered refugees, totaling over 6 million who want to ‘return’ to Israel. Haaretz, April 07, 2018). During the same period over 700,000 Jews fled Arab nations to enter the new nation of Israel, and every one of them are integrated into Israel society.

From 1948 to 2005 Jews and Arabs lived in the Gaza Strip. In 2001 Arabs in Gaza began firing rockets into Israel. After many injuries, Israel agreed to trade “Land for Peace” and moved over 8,000 Jewish people from 21 different areas of the Gaza Strip, giving it to the Arabs. Many Jews lost their businesses and some are still displaced. In return, Israel received over 13,700 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel since the move in 2005.


Hamas spokesperson Qassem, spoke of the Hamas Charter when he said on April 6th, that the Palestinians will continue their “struggle until they achieve their freedom and restore all their lands.” He said that the ‘Palestinians’ “have rights to all of the soil of Palestine (Israel).” They will not use the word “Israel” because they refuse to acknowledge that Israel is a legitimate nation, instead they call Israel, ‘Occupiers’ of their territory.


Because Muslim ‘Palestinians’ believe that Israel is their land, Hamas called the riots, “March of Return.” Hamas was conceived in 1988 with the purpose to destroy Israel. Google “Hamas Charter” to verify. Hamas has been designated by most Western nations and some Arab nations as a ‘Terrorist organization’.

Following the riots that left 17 Palestinians dead and hundreds wounded on March 30th, 2018, Hamas called for more riots with 10,000 tires, to be burned at the Gaza border fence in hopes to screen Hamas operatives trying to penetrate Israel’s border in order to attack Israeli civilians. The Whitehouse warned Gazans to stay out of buffer zone…instead they burned thousands of tires causing chaos, injuries and fires.

Israel Defense Force (IDF) simultaneously dealt with 5 different locations along the border, each with thousands of Gazan rioters throwing Firebombs and slinging rocks at the soldiers, while others tried to penetrate the border. The IDF’s job was to stop infiltration into Israel and protect its people. Hamas has been penetrating Israel’s border for years, even by digging tunnels into Israel.


Leaders of Hamas said money would be given to Gazans “As compensation within the framework of “Social welfare.” It stated that it will pay $3,000 to families of rioters who are killed, $500 to the seriously wounded and $200 to those moderately wounded. Hamas told women and children to take mirrors and lasers to distract soldiers at fence. Hamas forced managers of Gazan bus companies to transport rioters, also threatened, and arrested bus drivers who would not take operatives to the border fence.


Problems will continue because Israel will not give their Land to Islam, and the Muslims will not stop fighting for what they claim is theirs.

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