The head of Egypt’s Tamarod movement, which was instrumental in organizing the mass protests that led to Mohammed Morsi’s ouster as president in July, met with a delegation representing the same movement in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
“The meeting sought to transfer experiences and mechanisms of Egypt’s Tamarod to the Gaza Strip,” said Mahmoud Badr, the leader of the group.
The meeting took place in Cairo on Wednesday evening.
“Tamarod is a revolutionary movement struggling against injustice and despotism everywhere and in every place. This experience is feasible against all dictatorships,” Badr highlighted.
Last month, Tamarod in Gaza called for the ouster of the Hamas terror group, claiming that it no longer represented the people and accusing it of numerous crimes against the civilian population.
The movement also called for a mass demonstration to bring down the Hamas regime on November 11, the anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, announced in a video statement (in Arabic).
Four members of the group appeared in the video, all wearing masks to conceal their identities.
“On the shining day [of November 11], we will shake off the tyranny and oppression of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza. They are no brothers of ours,” said one member in the video. “They have deceived us in the name of religion and ‘resistance.’ They have labeled themselves as believers and us as infidels.”
He went on to describe his group as a “Palestinian youth movement, which encompasses all hues and orientations,” and said all factions of Gazan society have suffered under the rule of Hamas.
“Our people, of all national inclinations and ideologies — even the Islamic ones — have been targets for the crimes of this heretic gang, which carried out killings, torture, and sabotage, and acted like thugs, taking bribes and smuggling, just like a gang from the Middle Ages,” he said.
Several members of the group were reportedly arrested last month by Hamas.
The video had elicited a response from Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, imploring popular youth movements not to follow dangerous paths and emphasizing the importance of Palestinian unity, according to a report by Ma’an news agency. “We hear some calling for rebellion and action and so on,” said Haniyeh. “I am with rebellion — but against the enemy occupation, as we are all rebellious people against the occupier, against disgrace, ignominy and siege.”
The emergence of Tamarod in Gaza, whose Facebook page has some 50,000 likes, is the latest sign that Gaza is feeling the effects of the unrest that has enveloped Egypt since the fall of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government to a military-backed coup July 3.
Since then, the Egyptian government has closed the Rafah border crossing to Gaza on several occasions, and has led an effort to shut down Gaza’s sophisticated tunnel systems used to smuggle in goods and weapons.
Tension between Hamas and the new Egyptian government have been palpable. Egyptian sources confirmed last month in a phone call with The Times of Israel that they believe that senior members of al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups are hiding out in the Sinai Peninsula with the help of Hamas.