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‘They Hijacked Gaza’: Palestinians Hold Rare Online Events Critical of Hamas

Public dissent is unusual in the coastal enclave, where the terror group frequently cracks down on those who criticize it
‘They hijacked Gaza’: Palestinians hold rare online events critical of Hamas
Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, January 12, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

For the past week, Palestinians from Gaza have been participating in a series of social media events criticizing Hamas rule in the Strip, voicing concerns rarely expressed in the repressive enclave.

Under the hashtag, “They Kidnapped Gaza,” hundreds of Palestinians have taken part in nightly Twitter conversations lamenting the suffering of ordinary Gazans. While also critical of Israeli restrictions, the speakers regularly attacked what they deemed Hamas’s poor governance and corruption.

“We see the buildings rising in the northern Gaza Strip, the investments, the high-rises. We all see it. You can’t close your eyes to it…We all know that you’re swimming in corruption,” said Jehad, a Palestinian from Gaza, during one of the events.

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