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Thousands Protest in Gaza, Demand an End to Hamas Rule

Thousands Protest in Gaza, Demand an End to Hamas Rule

The AP News: “Marches took place in Gaza City, the southern town of Khan Younis and other locations, chanting “what a shame” and in one place burning Hamas flags, before police moved in and broke up the protests.”

In a rare show of defiance, thousands of people in Gaza demonstrated against the terrorist group Hamas’s totalitarian rule, exposing the Iranian-sponsored group’s fledgling control over the territory.

On Sunday, thousands of Gazans held protests at several locations, demanding better living conditions and an end to Hamas’s rule. “Marches took place in Gaza City, the southern town of Khan Younis, and other locations, chanting “what a shame” and in one place burning the flags of the Hamas terror group, before police moved in and broke up the protests,” The Times of Israel reported.

The video footage posted by the French TV channel Euronews showed stone pelting and pitched battles between opponents and supporters of Hamas.

The demonstrators also demanded more social benefits. Hamas receives hundreds of millions of dollars from Arab and Muslim countries in the name of humanitarian and development aid. The jihadist group funnels this money into its vast network of terror tunnels and to bolster its terrorist infrastructure, often built deep inside residential areas.

“Hamas uses these tunnels as weapons caches, bunkers, command centers and a concealed transportation artery for terrorists and weapons, including rocket launchers,” an Israeli military report reveals. “Hamas exploits the Palestinian population of Gaza by building tunnels beneath densely populated areas. Many times, the tunnels’ access points are hidden between schools, mosques, hospitals and other civilian buildings,” the report added.

The Associated Press reported Sunday:

Several thousand people briefly took to the streets across the Gaza Strip on Sunday to protest chronic power outages and difficult living conditions, providing a rare public show of discontent with the territory’s Hamas government. Hamas security forces quickly dispersed the gatherings.

Marches took place in Gaza City, the southern town of Khan Younis and other locations, chanting “what a shame” and in one place burning Hamas flags, before police moved in and broke up the protests.

Police destroyed mobile phones of people who were filming in Khan Younis, and witnesses said there were several arrests. Dozens of young supporters and opponents of Hamas briefly faced off, throwing stones at one another.

The demonstrations were organized by a grassroots online movement called “alvirus alsakher,” or “the mocking virus.” It was not immediately known who is behind the movement. (…)

During the current heat wave, people have been receiving four to six hours of power a day due to heavy demand.

“Where is the electricity and where is the gas?” the crowds shouted in Khan Younis. “What a shame. What a shame.”

Protesters also criticized Hamas for deducting a roughly $15 fee from monthly $100 stipends given to Gaza’s poorest families by the wealthy Gulf state of Qatar.

Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt’s jihadist Muslim Brotherhood movement, has ruled Gaza since 2007 after taking power in a bloody coup and purging the territory of rival Palestinian groups. The Islamic terror group has turned Gaza into a base for launching rocket and terrorist attacks against Israel — while using its residents as human shields.

The ordinary Gazans are used as cannon fodder in jihad against Israel. Hamas and its allies Islamic terrorist groups use mosques, schools, and summer camps to recruit jihadist fighters.

Hamas-Fatah in ‘Unity’ Talks

The protest coincides with ongoing ‘unity talks‘ between Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)-Fatah — which controls the West Bank. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is currently hosting Palestinian Authority President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in a bid to reconcile the two key rival Palestinian groups.

In recent months, there have been a few attempts to bring Palestinian terrorist groups together in order to form a unified front against Israel. Iran has been forging an axis between terrorist groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) aimed at conducting multi-front terror offensives on Israel.

(Video clip: Raw footage of the protests)


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JohnSmith100 | August 1, 2023 at 4:02 pm

They want more, much like our inner city losers. This crap has been going on so long that I am numb. Also, I doubt that they have any empathy for Jews and until they prove otherwise, I will continue to believe they are worthless.

    DSHornet in reply to JohnSmith100. | August 2, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Download “Going To School In Gaza”, a book written by a Baptist missionary couple who lived there for decades and got to know the locals well. The husband is a man The Bride and I know from childhood. It tells you much about the people themselves.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to JohnSmith100. | August 2, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    The nearby nations think them worthless. You aren’t alone.

Hamas has received BILLIONS in funding and what has it done? Spent the blood of its people fighting a war that only the left and Iran wants.

    Dimsdale in reply to mailman. | August 1, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Hamas (and Iran etc.) have done more damage to the Palestinians and other Muslims than anything Israel has ever done.

    They are the pantifa/BLM of the ME.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to Dimsdale. | August 2, 2023 at 4:12 pm

      There are no Palestinians, never have been, just poor and very ignorant Arab squatters. Think about what they could have had if they had realized that generations have squandered prosperity by not recognizing that they should have been riding Israel’s coattails.

And herein lies the difference between Palestinians and Kurds in Northern Iraq.

The Kurdish people with a fraction of the funding of Palestinians has not only created a functioning State but has also helped its
People to flourish and grow and become successful themselves.

The Kurds have built schools to educate their people; hospitals to keep them healthy and a functioning Government and armed forces to actually protect their people.

In that same time what have Palestinians achieved in spite of tens, if not HUNDREDS of billions of dollars in aid over the years. Sweet. Fuck. All outside of developing a death cult built on racial hatred of Jews fuelled by left wing racism.

    FOAF in reply to mailman. | August 1, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    One of the best comments I’ve seen here. Or anywhere on the topic of the Middle East.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to mailman. | August 2, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    A parallel to how most who come to the US with nothing soon are supporting themselves and doing fine.

    Meanwhile, a certain population here has bled the productive dry and have achieved… Sweet. Fanny. Adams.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to mailman. | August 3, 2023 at 1:14 am

    So what’s it take to spin up an actual greater Kurdistan?

    The UN’s been pretty accommodating about recognizing splintered off ethnic enclaves lately, the opposite of “annexing”, I suppose.

    They will need a chunk of coastline for access to sea trade. I wonder which corridor makes the most sense. Who do we most want to P-O in the region?

Didn’t Qatar cut off Hamas to the tune of $35 Million in annual funding which is over half the budget for their ‘govt services’?

Maybe the Pallies are figuring out that Hamas and Fatah are not their friends. They are the threat, not Israel..

To me, this feels a lot like 1956 in Hungary, when the USSR permitted protests and dissent … for a number of weeks, and there was all kinds of talk in the (left-leaning) Western press about how the Communists are turning over a new leaf yada yada yada — and then came the crushing of all protests, and all protestors. Brutal.

And then again in 1968 in Czechoslovakia pretty much the same thing.

Hamas knows very well that the world wants peace.

And so they play on that desire … to torment, to flummox and frustrate, etc. They’re trying to wear down their adversaries, and sadly they’ve had a lot of success. Given all their successes (from their point of view) they really have no incentive to rethink their ways.

Is it possible that there’re things going on behind the scenes? Sure. But keep in mind that these people run summer camps for their children teaching them to kill Jews.

No matter what any soccer mom in any tony American suburb wants to believe about everybody getting along coexisting, I think the Israelis (and others) would be wise to “trust but verify.”

    Whitewall in reply to Comrade. | August 2, 2023 at 8:25 am

    I remember news of the Magyar uprising of ’56 and what the Red Army did in response. All that time of demonstrations was to fool the West and allow Soviet agents to spot the leaders of the demonstrations. Czechoslovakia, as you point out, was handled similar but the Soviets were keenly aware of television by 1968. Ironically I found myself in Czechoslovakia not too long after the uprising was ended. Red Army officers in groups were commonly seen out and about in Prague like they owned the place. Rank and file along with heavy equipment had been pulled out of town so as not to be spotted by cameras. .

Funding for Hamas and Fatah and Aidan and Islamic Jihad is unlimited.

The rulers live well and keep the people poor and oppressed. And then the rulers blame the West, the Jews, the Collaborators, the Infidels, the Traitors etc

It’s the same as pretty much every American city for decades

Why do they do this? Because it pays. Why would they stop doing what pays so well?

This is all well and good, but we’re not talking about a “democracy”. I seem to recall similar protests in Iran, but I haven’t seen anything change. Yet.

Until the folks living there begin killing off all of the Hamas, Fatah, PLO, etc, they will never have freedom or any sort of security. They are slaves to the radical jihadists.