This issue of the Newsletter covers the period 28-31 March 2018. Israeli social media networks had divided opinions after 16 Palestinians had been killed during the Great March of Return in Gaza. While some Israeli bloggers launched an incitement campaign against Palestinians, others either commended the army, adopting an entirely indifferent attitude during the Passover. Some Israeli social media activists attacked the army.

Palestinian medical sources reported that 16 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,000 injured by the Israeli army during the protests, which were attended by thousands on the perimeter fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel on the anniversary of the Land Day.

In response to a call from Palestinian national factions and forces, tens of thousands of Gaza citizens participated in the Great March of Return. Protestors demanded that UN Resolution 194 on the return of refugees to their land be applied. They also demanded that the siege on Gaza be lifted.

The Great March of Return coincided with marking the anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day on 30 March.

Saturday, October 23, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.