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Why aren’t Gazans turning on Hamas?

ToI’s Elhanan Miller has just filed a report on why Gazans aren’t revolting against Hamas.

He opens: Israel may wish that Gaza’s dire situation would push residents of the Strip to rise up against their Hamas rulers, but more than a month into Operation Protective Edge, there are very few indications of that happening.

Palestinian Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, August 7, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, August 7, 2014 (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

There have been sporadic reports of civil unrest directed at Hamas over the past week: the physical assault of Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri outside Shifa hospital; a small demonstration crushed by the Islamic movement, some members summarily executed. But even these relatively minor incidents could not be confirmed by independent sources.

Bassem Eid, a veteran Jerusalem-based human rights activist and political analyst, said that Gazans are reluctant to demonstrate for fear of Hamas. “There is no doubt there’s an atmosphere of fear and terror in Gaza,” Eid told The Times of Israel, citing the killing of Hamas official Ayman Taha in Gaza last week over suspicions of corruption and collaboration with Arab intelligence agencies. “Others were executed in various gatherings under the pretext of their being collaborators with Israel.”

— Fear, fatalism or support?: Read the full story here.

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