A new organization has emerged in the Gaza Strip, advocating against Hamas.

Residents have initiated demonstrations across various locations in the Gaza Strip, denouncing the leadership of Hamas for the profound suffering inflicted upon the Gazan population. The Hamas leadership is apprehensive that these protests might escalate and spread throughout the Gaza Strip. Consequently, they have instructed their operatives to quell the demonstrators through force.

 In recent days, protests against Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip have intensified, fueled by the dire economic conditions, food shortages, and Hamas’s control over humanitarian aid shipments entering the territory.

These demonstrations have primarily taken place in the Rafah area and northern Gaza Strip, with several hundred participants each time. However, they represent only a small fraction of the over two million residents who are seeking to challenge Hamas’s corrupt governance.

In the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza, Hamas militants dispersed dozens of demonstrators using live ammunition.

Reports from Gaza indicate the emergence of a new group distributing leaflets in the Rafah area under the name “The Free People of Gaza,” urging resistance against Hamas and calling for protests across the entire Gaza Strip.

The backers of this new entity remain unclear, with several possibilities being considered:

  1. Individuals previously involved in the Gaza social movement “We Want to Live,” which was violently suppressed by Hamas.
  2. Fatah-affiliated elements exploiting the situation to undermine Hamas’s authority.
  3. Alleged collaborators with Israel seeking to foment unrest among Gaza’s population against Hamas.

Hamas officials are deeply troubled by this development, fearing that it could escalate across the Strip, leading to a decline in support for the organization.

Consequently, senior Hamas figures have instructed the military wing to forcefully disperse any such demonstrations, even resorting to firearms if necessary.

During one demonstration, participants directed chants against senior Hamas officials Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh. A video circulated on social media featured a message: “May God take revenge on Yahya Sinwar, the oppressor who has brought ruin upon Gaza.”

The outrage in the Gaza Strip extends not only to the Hamas leadership residing in luxury abroad but also to Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader in Gaza. Sinwar’s actions, including the October 7 massacre in settlements surrounding Gaza, have contributed to the profound suffering endured by Gaza’s residents.

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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