The protests in Gaza have been met with unjustifiable violence and killings by Israel, argues The Guardian in an editorial. Its army shot demonstrators with live ammunition, many of whom were unarmed and posed no direct threat to Israeli lives. Dozens of Palestinians are dead and hundreds injured. The blockade of Gaza has made its conditions unlivable, yet Israel blames its inhabitants for protesting. The demonstration calls for Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes in Israel from which they were expelled. They have the right to protest their terrible situation, and Israel is heavily overreacting by using lethal force.
The IDF has little choice but to open fire on Gazans that are trying to breach the border fence and enter Israel en masse, holds Ron Ben-Yishai of YNet News. Hamas has made clear that it plans to get its operatives across the border to enact violence against Israelis or kidnap them. Many protesters threw Molotov cocktails and tried to damage the fence with explosives. Some even flew kite bombs into Israel, intended to cause fires. Faced with thousands of protesters, some of whom are employing highly aggressive tactics, IDF soldiers have no choice but to open fire. Israel is right to prioritize the safety of its people.