Hamas suppresses the protest movement in the Gaza Strip  

Hamas forcibly suppresses the protest movement that arose in the Gaza Strip against the difficult economic situation and the corruption of its rule. The Israeli security establishment is worried about an imminent explosion in the Gaza Strip that Hamas will try to deflect in Israel's direction.

  Hamas security officials arrested journalist Bashar Taleb in the Gaza Strip this weekend and confiscated his photographic equipment after he covered the wave of protests in the Gaza Strip on July 30th against the Hamas government. 


 The Fatah movement condemned his arrest and demanded his release. Sources in the Gaza Strip claim that theBidna Na’ish” (want to live) movement, which operated in the Gaza Strip in 2019 and was brutally suppressed by the Hamas regime, has reawakened and is responsible for the wave of protests in the Gaza Strip last week. 


 Thousands of demonstrators demonstrated last week in various centers in the Gaza Strip and called for the overthrow of the Hamas government. 


 The Hamas movement deployed large forces throughout the Gaza Strip, imposed a blanket ban on press coverage of the demonstrations and arrested suspects in organizing the demonstrations. 


 The background for the protests this time was the difficult economic situation in the Gaza Strip, the great shortage of electricity in the current heat wave, the rising unemployment and the corruption of the Hamas government. 


 Residents in the Gaza Strip claim that the Hamas government makes sure that the electricity in the Gaza Strip is supplied first and foremost to the homes of the movement’s leaders, its government institutions and mosques and that it deprives the residents of the Gaza Strip in the way it distributes the electricity 


The protests broke out in Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip and spread to the center of the Gaza Strip and to the north 


The demonstrators were mainly members of the younger generation who were fed up with the harsh living conditions and the siege imposed on the Strip, the demonstrations took place while the Hamas leadership was meeting in Cairo with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for reconciliation talks, which this time also came to an impasse. 



 The demonstrators in Khan Yunis waved Palestinian flags and called on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to intervene in the situation in the Gaza Strip and end the disputes in Palestinian society. 


 Many residents in the Gaza Strip are angry at the leadership of the Hamas movement, for what Khaled Mashal said late last night, who admitted that the division in Palestinian society is the result of a fight over the cake of power 


The only explanation for the split in Palestinian society is the competition for leadership, there are no real reasons, we are fighting over the government cake even though it really isn’t a real cake,” Meshaal said 


TheBidna Na’ishmovement announced at the end of last week the continuation of its activities despite the oppression of Hamas in order to bring a “better human lifeto the residents of the Gaza Strip 


The security forces of Hamas were deployed last Friday in large forces all over the Gaza Strip for fear that after the Friday prayer the wave of demonstrations against Hamas rule would reawaken 


The Hamas movement began a campaign of public defamation of the protest movement on social media and accused it of collaborating with the Israeli Shin Bet and the Palestinian Authority’s intelligence to shake the stability of Hamas’s rule in the Gaza Strip 


The preachers in the mosques in the Gaza Strip incited, at the behest of Hamas, against the protest movement, claiming that although the movement’s demands regarding the urgent need to improve the standard of living in the Gaza Strip are justified, the wave of demonstrations is completely unnecessary and that anyone who goes out to demonstrate is a traitor and an apostate to the religion of Islam. 


 The Hamas movement disavows all responsibility for the difficult economic situation in the Gaza Strip, suppresses the protest movement by force and places the responsibility for this on the economic blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip since 2007 until today. 


 Hamas is determined to continue maintaining its rule in the Gaza Strip and the phenomena of governmental corruption and oppressing the residents of the Gaza Strip. 


 The Israeli security establishment fears that Hamas will try to divert the popular anger towards Israel, which could lead to large demonstrations on the Gaza border fence and rocket fire towards Israel. 


 The security establishment is now considering increasing the number of Gazan workers who are allowed to work in Israel, currently the number is about 17 thousand workers and the possibility of allowing a few thousand more to work in Israel is being considered in order to alleviate the difficult economic situation in the Gaza Strip 


The Hamas movement managed last weekend to prevent the renewal of the wave of protests, but the Gaza time bomb is ticking and threatens to explode at any moment in the face of the Hamas government and also in the face of Israel. 

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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