While many reports from the mainstream press cast blame almost exclusively on Israel, a leader with Hamas said those killed along the Gaza Strip this week are certainly not innocent.
Israel has faced intense scrutiny for defending its homeland from a barrage of Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza the same week the U.S. Embassy in the Jewish state officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
But Salah al-Bardawil, a senior Hamas official, is saying those along the Gaza Strip were much more than demonstrators. In his own words, they were terrorists.
“In the last round of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas,” the leader said in a video shared by Jonathan Conricus, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces.
Senior Hamas official sets the record straight on who was killed in last Hamas-orchestrated riots: “50 of the 62 martyrs were Hamas”. Take his word for it. This was no peaceful protest. pic.twitter.com/oop2y3oWrB
— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) May 16, 2018
A rudimentary translation of other remarks made by al-Bardawil shows the Hamas official claiming 50 martyrs “rose” during the week's violent clashes, romanticizing their deaths given those who adhere to radical Islam believe “martyrs” will be rewarded in the afterlife.
As for why the media narrative is skewed in Hamas' favor, Conricus told The Blaze's Jason Buttrill and Faithwire's Dan Andros that he doesn’t understand it.
“It's very hard for me to understand [the media narrative], especially since this isn't the first event. We've been here now for more than six weeks,” he explained. “This charade, this theater of the Hamas has been going on now for more than six weeks.”
Conricus went on to accuse Hamas of “using so-called civilian, peaceful demonstrators ... as the cannon fodder, as those who go first, to tear up our defenses and then sending terrorist squads in.”