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One Dead Amid Violence in 3rd Week of Protests at Gaza-Israel Fence

Merely getting across the fence, he said, would “terrify” the Israelis.

“It’s a peaceful protest — we have no weapons,” he said. “I want to show the Jews that we can enter our lands without weapons, only with a slingshot and stones.”

But, he added: “If I had weapons, I would kill and abduct soldiers.”

One Dead Amid Violence in 3rd Week of Protests at Gaza-Israel Fence
One Dead Amid Violence in 3rd Week of Protests at Gaza-Israel Fence

Like others at the Khan Younis protest, Mr. Abu Jamous said he wanted to reassert his claim to Israeli land that his father and grandfather had left behind decades ago as refugees: Jaffa and Beersheva, in their case.

“The Israelis are sitting in our lands, not their own lands,” he said.

He said he had reached the main fence earlier in the week with another man, who was shot in the leg, forcing them both to retreat.

“When people see me crossing the fence, they will run and follow me,” he said.

That is precisely what Israel’s military fears — and why it is using deadly force to try to prevent anyone from getting across the barrier.

Ibrahim El-Mughraby contributed reporting.

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