The burning tires serve two purposes. They are visually compelling for TV news, and they obscure terrorists running toward the fence, trying to cut through it and attack innocent Israelis.
The plea for tires echoes the earlier pleas for concrete, which were limited after Hamas diverted the building material from public projects to build terror tunnels.
From the Jerusalem Post:
“We have been informed by the Israeli side that imports of tires have been halted until further notice,” Muhammad Hamdan, a spokesman for the PA Transportation Ministry told The Jerusalem Post. . . .
Hamdan criticized Israel’s decision to stop tire imports to Gaza, asserting that there is a shortage of tires in the coastal enclave.
“There is no doubt stopping tire imports will have a negative effect on Palestinians in Gaza especially considering there is shortage of them there,” he said. “We are going to exert all efforts so that Israel reverses its decision.”
Perhaps they’d also like to bring in some rocket launchers to help with their high-school physics courses, naturally.
On a more serious note, Hillel Frisch writes that the Gaza protests will fail unless they spark parallel uprisings in the West Bank and Israel (link here for full report):
The real test of Hamas’s March of Return campaign in Gaza lies in its ability to mobilize mass violence in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, and other parts of the West Bank. So far, most of the Arab inhabitants of those areas are content to watch the events on their screens rather than in the streets.
Anything less than sustained mass violence in these areas will amount to one more defeat for Hamas in its string of defeats. They include its inability to solve Gaza’s social and economic problems; its inability to cope with the loss of potential strategic partner Muhammad Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood member and ousted Egyptian president, and its inability to handle his replacement by incumbent President al-Sisi, who shares an enmity to the organization fully supported by financial powerhouses such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. –Hillel Frisch, Begin-Sadat Center, Bar-Ilan University
Additional comment: Expect virtue-signaling students in US and Europe to reference these protests in coming weeks during their annual condemnation of Israel’s existence, known as “Nakba Week” (The Catastrophe, meaning Israel’s formation) and “Israel Apartheid Week.” It’s “all victim, all the time.”