Hamas Facing Anti-Government Demonstrations in Gaza – Zvi Bar’el
The Tamarod Gaza movement, its name copied from the Egyptian youth protest movement that instigated the recent coup there, is organizing mass demonstrations on Nov. 11, the anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death.
Tamarod Gaza spokeswoman Hind al-Arabi told Egypt’s Dream TV that the movement intends to topple the Hamas government, mainly due to its oppressive measures and because it has become “a protective agent helping Israel.” Walls in Gaza are now filled with graffiti calling for an end to Hamas rule, while Palestinian media in the West Bank report Gazans’ dissatisfaction with the Hamas regime and their loss of personal security.
Last week the heads of the security forces in Gaza met with senior Hamas political figures to discuss ways to combat Tamarod Gaza. Interior Minister Fathi Hamad, who is in charge of domestic security, called for assassinating the group’s leaders. (Ha’aretz)