Each year, Palestinians protest the establishment, independence, and existence of the state of Israel by rioting on what is known as "Nakba Day." This year is no different. The Times of Israel's Adam Rasgon and Judah Ari Gross report on the stone-throwing, fire-starting, and overall violence and chaos being created by 10,000 rioters at Israel's southern border:
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank participated in mass rallies on Wednesday marking the 71st anniversary of what they call the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” surrounding the establishment of Israel.
In Gaza, the IDF said at least 10,000 people flocked to the border between Israel and the coastal enclave at several locations. It said protests included rioting.
“The rioters are setting tires on fire and hurling rocks,” the army said. “A number of explosive devices have been hurled within the Gaza Strip, as well, and a number of attempts have been made to damage the security fence. IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means...”
Several balloon-borne incendiary devices landed in southern Israel, where they sparked at least nine blazes, according to area firefighters...
In a speech at the border area, senior Hamas official Fathi Hamad, known for his fiery rhetoric, warned Israel that “The day of your slaughter, extermination and demise is approaching.
“We came to tell the Zionist enemy, its men, army, government and Knesset: ‘Go away from us,'” he said.
“All of you should look for a place in Europe…hell, the sea, the ocean or the Bermuda Triangle. There is no place for all of you in Palestine. There is no place for you in the land of Jerusalem. There is no place for you in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jaffa, Haifa, Acre or any place...”