Gaza’s residents in fierce protest against Hamas online

January 31, 2022 by Baruch Yedid - TPS
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Gazans have launched a campaign under the banner “Kidnapped Gaza” in which they make harsh allegations against Hamas, the Islamic terrorist organization that took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, saying it destroyed the Strip and their lives.


Many people, including those who dared to appear openly in front of cameras, expressed opposition to the violence of the Hamas regime, the suppression of liberties, the rule of gangs, and especially the poor economic situation, poverty, and unemployment, which has climbed to a peak of 65%, according to some estimates.

The lavish life of the Hamas leadership, many of whom have moved abroad, is also being used in the campaign against the extremist organization.

The campaign is taking place mainly on social media and at the moment there is no real protest activity on the streets of the Gaza Strip, but Hamas is worried about the growing popular pressure in the absence of real achievements since Operation Guardian of the Walls in May. In response to the campaign, the movement’s supporters are presenting its achievements, especially its stand against Israel and the establishment of its armed forces.

The campaign is led by young people in the “We Want to Live” movement, activists from 2019 who incurred the violent response of Hamas while hundreds of young people, women and children were injured by Hamas security forces.

However, anyone looking for the imminent fall of Hamas is likely to be disappointed. The situation of the Palestinian Authority is not better and it is constantly contending with corruption cases while suffering from a decline in public support. Its security apparatus stands helpless in the face of the armed and violent groups that are raising their heads, also with Hamas encouragement, and especially in Jenin, Shechem (Nablus), and Hebron.

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