THE HAMAS AUCTION – Two days ago, Hamas officially published a list of ten of the “peaceful protesters” killed by Israel at the border with Gaza:

The Israeli Defence Force subsequently said that 24 of the 60 or so killed that day were Hamas operatives.

Today, Hamas admits that 50 of the 60 “martyred” were its members:

The world outrage about the murderous Jews continues.

Meanwhile, one of the bottom paragraphs in this Reuters story should be the second paragraph of every story written by the media about the Gaza “peaceful protests” – but isn’t:

Gaza has been controlled since 2007 by Hamas, an Islamist group that denies Israel’s right to exist and has fought three wars with Israel in the past decade. Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, maintain a de facto blockade on Gaza which has reduced its economy to a state of collapse.

Just a bit of a useful context for when 40,000 people, mostly military age men, try to crush through your border. It’s also useful to be reminded that Gaza is being “de facto blockaded” not just by Israel but also by the Palestinians’ fellow Arabs, the Egyptians.

Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, amid reports that Egyptian officials intervened to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire…

The reports of Egyptian pressure on Hamas, the armed Islamist faction that controls the Gaza Strip, followed a visit by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday to Egypt, which has sought to act as a broker between Hamas, Israel and other Palestinian factions.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said that an Egyptian intelligence chief, whom he did not name, “made unequivocally clear” to Haniyeh that Egypt would not help if Hamas continued to stoke the protests, and Israel responded with harsher measures.

“Haniyeh returned to Gaza, Hamas gave an order … and miraculously, this spontaneous protest by a public that could not handle the situation any more dissipated,” Katz told Israel Radio. There was no immediate response from Egypt to Katz’s statements, and Hamas dismissed the Israeli claims as false.

Hamas leader in Gaza Yehya Sinwar denied that Egypt put pressure on Hamas to end the protests and said that instead, Haniyeh discussed what Cairo could do to ease hardship in Gaza.

“They were keen these marches do not slide into armed confrontations and we agree with the brothers in Egypt over that,” Sinwar said in an interview on Al Jazeera television.

Says the person who has been orchestrating the “slide”.

Needless to say, you won’t see much of this reporting on the front pages of your New York Times of this world or tops of your CNN news broadcasts.