Amjad Abu Jamous, 26, said that, should he manage to get past the main fence, he hoped only to face down an Israeli soldier with his arms outstretched and his fingers in the “victory” sign. He said he would be armed with wire cutters and rope.
“When I raise the victory fingers, the Israeli soldier will know that I have nothing in my hands,” he said. “If he is a man, he won’t shoot. But I don’t trust him, as he is my enemy.”
Merely getting across the fence, he said, would “terrify” the Israelis.
“It’s a peaceful protest — we have no weapons,” he said. “I want to show the Jews that we can enter our lands without weapons, only with a slingshot and stones.”
But, he added: “If I had weapons, I would kill and abduct soldiers.”
Like others at the Khan Younis protest, Mr. Abu Jamous said he wanted to reassert his claim to Israeli land that his father and grandfather had left behind decades ago as refugees: Jaffa and Beersheva, in their case.
“The Israelis are sitting in our lands, not their own lands,” he said.
He said he had reached the main fence earlier in the week with another man, who was shot in the leg, forcing them both to retreat.
“When people see me crossing the fence, they will run and follow me,” he said.
That is precisely what Israel’s military fears — and why it is using deadly force to try to prevent anyone from getting across the barrier.