Palestinians are rising up against Hamas, and getting swiftly smacked down
|National Post 19 Mar 2019 at 12:08|
The Gaza Strip has been roiled by protests against the enclave’s high cost of living, as the population is driven to a breaking point by 12 years of Hamas’ authoritarian rule.
Hamas, recognized by Canada as a terrorist group, has controlled Gaza since 2007 with devastating economic consequences for the enclave’s two million people. Now the group is accused of violently cracking down on Palestinian demonstrators and journalists rallying against the disaster.
“I condemn the Hamas violence in Gaza against protesters, women, children; journalists & human rights activists,” read a Sunday statement by Nickolay E. Mladenov, the U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.
I condemn the Hamas violence in #Gaza against protesters, women, #children ; journalists & human rights activists. #Palestinian factions must engage with Egypt on the basis of the the Cairo Agreement. #UN is working to avoid escalation, lift the closures, & support reconciliation
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a group that normally condemns Israeli actions against Palestinians, similarly criticized the crackdowns, saying that peaceful demonstrators were being arrested in their homes merely for protesting the “high cost of living.”
Unlike the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank and opposes Hamas ruled in Gaza, Hamas remains devoted to the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic theocratic state. This, along with Hamas’ open and sustained backing of terrorist activity, has kept Gaza within a strict blockade maintained by both its Israeli and Egyptian neighbours.
After 12 years, the end result has been a youth unemployment rate of more than 70 per cent. A recent World Bank report said the enclave’s economy is in “free fall.”
Gaza hungry revolution still going on third day in a row.
Under the slogan “We Want to Live,” the protests are the biggest challenge to Hamas’ rule since 2007.