It must be remembered that the Palestinians’ “March of Return” campaign, consisting of a series of protests and demonstrations centered in the Gaza Strip, is the initiative of a terrorist organization – Hamas.

The campaign started on Friday (March 30), resulting in violent confrontations with Israeli forces that left at least 16 Palestinians dead and hundreds of others injured. The campaign is expected to reach its pinnacle around May 14, 2018, the date on which the US Embassy will formally be moved to Jerusalem and the date the State of Israel was established in 1948.

Much of the international community has denounced Israel’s “disproportionate” response to the protests on its border by an estimated 40,000 people. But their perception is sadly miscalculated.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman claimed that ninety percent of the “protesters” were made up of Hamas officials or activists, accompanied by their families, including children, who were paid to sow disorder.

The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) also claimed that at least 10 of the 16 individuals killed in the confrontation were members of Palestinian terror groups, with Hamas proudly acknowledging that among the dead were five fighters from its ranks.

Hamas,  a terror group dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state, has reigned over Gaza with an iron fist, many times using its citizens as a human shield. They squander hundreds of millions of dollars on its war machine that could have been used instead to relieve the humanitarian plight in the strip.

International groups seem incapable of absorbing this reality: Gaza is run by terrorists, and they produce terrorism.

The recent “protests” are not normal demonstrations by a civilian populace. There are terrorists sown among the crowds and thus Israeli police cannot only use regular riot-control measures.

Israel has faced heavy criticism for its tactics in the last few days. Yet any other country in the world under similar circumstances would do exactly the same thing, and the international community would not have a problem with it.

Image: Thousands of Palestinian protesters gathered on Friday for the annual ‘March of Return’ at Gaza’s border with Israel to commemorate their ‘Land Day’. Israeli forces met the protestors with tear gas. (Credit: @OccuPalGaza). The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.