Sept. 12, 2019
Palestinian Middle Class Quitting Gaza – Fares Akram and Mohammed Daraghmeh (AP)
With a two-story home and a family pharmacy, Tamer al-Sultan had a life many in Gaza would envy. Fed up with the heavy-handed rule of Hamas, al-Sultan braved a treacherous journey in hopes of starting a new life in the West – only to die along the way.
His death has drawn attention to the growing exodus of thousands of educated, middle-class Gazans.
It has also struck a nerve among many Palestinians because he appears to have fled persecution by Hamas.
Al-Sultan had vented about Hamas’ rule on social media and joined rare protests against a Hamas tax hike in March that were quickly and violently suppressed.
“He left Gaza because of the oppression,” said his brother, Ramadan al-Sultan.