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The Health Ministry in Gaza said more than 60 people died in the recent Gaza border conflict.
On Wednesday, a Hamas official said that 50 of the Palestinians who died were Hamas affiliates.
This context has gone largely unnoticed in mainstream coverage of the conflict.

On Monday, Israel was bludgeoned with criticism over the violence at the Gaza border and the dozens of Gazans who were killed near the security fence.

Critics questioned the Israeli defense forces’ conduct. One Twitter user even garnered thousands of retweets for his criticism of The New York Times — which, in a tweet, used the passive voice in describing the nature of Palestinian deaths.

Over the past few days, the nature of the victims — and the role of terrorist organizations in the conflict — have become more clear.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Islamic Jihad said that three of the victims had been their people.

On Wednesday, a Hamas official said that 50 of the Palestinians who died during the border struggle were Hamas affiliates. The US has long designated both Hamas and PIJ as terrorist organizations.

The loss of even a single innocent life is a tragedy — one that nations should work diligently to avoid. But the nature of this conflict should be put in the proper context. As prominent Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz wrote in The Hill, the world has been largely made to believe that Israeli arbitrarily shot and killed more than 50 innocent civilians.

We know now that accusation does not even come close to the truth.

A few weeks ago, as the “protests” were first ramping up, I wrote a primer on Hamas’s history of violence for readers unfamiliar with the terrorist entity. One part in particular is worth rereading:

“Fathi Hammad, a Hamas official,

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