Israeli protesters block cargo transfers to Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip

After Israeli Border Police officer shot by terrorists on Gaza border, demonstrators block shipment of goods to Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Protesters near crossing
Protesters near crossing
Im Tirtzu

Activists from the Zionist organization Im Tirtzu together with residents of the south blocked the Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza on Wednesday morning, calling on the government to enact harsher measures to combat terrorism stemming from the Hamas-ruled Strip.

The activists blocked dozens of trucks bringing supplies to Gaza and chanted slogans including "If there's terrorism, there are no supplies," "The blood of our soldiers isn't cheap," and "Justice for Barel."

On Saturday, border policeman St.-Sgt. Barel Shmueli was critically injured after a terrorist shot him as hundreds of Gazans rioted at the border. Terrorists also continued to launch incendiary balloons into Israel, sparking more than ten fires in Israel.

Despite the violence, Israel has kept the Kerem Shalom crossing open and is permitting the transfer of supplies to Gaza.

On Monday, Egypt announced that it was closing the Rafah crossing into Gaza until further notice. According to Egyptian security officials, the closure is due to security concerns following the violence stemming from Gaza.

The activists also decried allowing supplies into Gaza as Hamas continues to hold captive two Israeli civilians, Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, as well as the bodies of two IDF soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

Im Tirtzu CEO Matan Peleg called on the government to halt the transfer of supplies to Gaza.

"We are witness to a dangerous neglect of Israel's security in which terrorists are storming the border, soldiers are ordered not to shoot, and terrorists are launching incendiary balloons with impunity," said Peleg.

"The Prime Minister and Defense Minister should immediately halt the transfer of supplies, or we will soon see a dangerous security deterioration and additional attempts to harm the residents of the south and our soldiers."

Naif Rahal, head of the Bedouin Forum for the Security of Israel, also joined the protest and said: "There are many Bedouin soldiers who are involved in the fighting around the Gaza Strip. It is important for us to express our loyalty and support in combatting terrorism in Gaza."