Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman provided no evidence to back up the claim.
On April 5, 2009, Hamas spokesman Hazem Kassem revealed that the movement was providing financial aid to the families of those killed and wounded in the "March of Return" and detailed the amounts of money ranging from $3,000 to the family of a Shahid, or martyr, to $200 per wounded person.
Witnesses said Murtaja was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked "press" and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit.
Abbas said Sunday that unless he gets full control over the Gaza Strip, including Hamas's weapons, he will "not be responsible for what goes on" there.
"In response, the Israel Defense Forces struck a number of Hamas military targets", it added.
The video has sparked outrage online, with many expressing anger.
The statement did not respond to Lieberman's other allegations regarding Hamas links. The soldier who recorded the short video, the army statement said, was not part of the unit that fired on the protesters and is now being investigated for "unauthorized filming of an operational event and distribution of the filmed material".
No amount of dissembling by Israeli government spokespeople, nor inaccurate and biased media outlets (for example, calling these mere "clashes"), and not even the complicity by the US government in blocking a draft statement by the U.N. Security Council calling for an "independent and transparent investigation" can cover up this egregious example of Israel's brutal and violent colonizing project. Ain Media became a USAID program beneficiary last month under a program that supports private sector development.
It said the grant was vetted according to strict USA government requirements of USAID-funded assistance. Murtaja had also been working for a Norwegian Refugee Council. He died two days before he was to start his new job.
The footage - apparently filmed from the Israeli side of the border fence through binoculars or a telescopic site - was shared widely online and by the media after it appeared first on Channel 10 television.
Organizers have dubbed the campaign the "March of Return". Hamas Gaza head Yahya Sinwar also made a rare public visit to the border fence Friday morning. He succumbed to his injury the following day and his funeral was attended by hundreds of mourners. But no gunmen were visible at the ceremony, as is common when members of militant groups are buried.
The ongoing protests are expected to continue in Gaza in the coming weeks, culminating on May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation.
The airstrikes were carried out early Monday morning, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
This incident occurred amid the daily violence on the Israel-Gaza border, orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic terror group that rules the Gaza Strip and calls for Israel's destruction. The IDF has defended its actions, saying protesters had "attempted to damage and cross the security fence" and "attempted to hurl explosive devices".
"Seriously do you know what they were doing three minutes before, two minutes before?" he said on Israel Army Radio Tuesday morning.
"In the video they say they killed me", said Abu Daqqa.
"What a legendary video", an Israeli soldier purportedly says in the background.
"They are a beneficiary because we have signed this agreement, but the grant has not been delivered", she said.