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    Fury as Netanyahu Spokesman Compares Palestinian Protesters to ‘ISIS Women’

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    On Saturday, Palestinians marked the first anniversary of the beginning of “Great March of Return” with large-scale protest rallies along the Israel-Gaza border which reportedly left at least three people dead.

    Twitter users have hit out at the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman Ofir Gendelman over his remarks about female Palestine protesters, whom he described as “ISIS (Daesh*) women”.

    Posting a photo of four veiled flag-waving female protesters on his Twitter page, Gendelman wrote that Daesh women “also participate today in the Hamas-led riots on the Gaza border” and that it allegedly comes as no surprise “because Hamas is the Gazan branch of ISIS”.

    Netizens were quick to question the idea of Daesh woman waving Palestinian flags, which are considered to be secular blasphemy by the terrorist group; some users also pointed to the fact that the Palestinian militant group Hamas is at war with the Sinai branch of Daesh.

    Others lambasted Gendelman for “racism and Islamophobia”, claiming that he seemed to base his remark that the women were terrorists solely on the fact they were wearing niqab full-face veils.

    Some users labelled Gendelman's tweet as something which makes no sense and which is “inappropriate even by Zionist standards”.

    On Saturday, about 40,000 people took part in the large-scale “Great March of Return” protests along the Gaza-Israel border, marking the first anniversary of the movement.

    At least three Palestinians were reportedly killed during the rallies after the Israeli troops’ crackdown on the protesters, who threw stones and explosive devices at the Israeli border.


    *Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State), a terrorist group banned in Russia and a number of other countries

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