Report: Hamas Declares State of Emergency Amid Fears of Gaza Coup
Terror group Hamas is becoming increasingly concerned that the actors responsible for the removal of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi from power last month are encroaching on its unchallenged rule in the Gaza Strip, and it’s moving to pre-empt the threat.
According to a translation provided by the anonymous blogger Elder of Ziyon, Palestine Press Agency is reporting that Hamas has declared a “state of emergency” following a declaration by the Tamarod protest movement that November 11, the anniversary of former PLO leader Yassir Arafat’s death, will be a day of protest against Hamas and Fatah.
The Tamarod movement mobilized in Egypt to collect 15 million signatures against Morsi and is largely credited with setting in motion the events that led to his ouster by the country’s military. In recent weeks Hamas has feared the movement’s infiltration into Gaza, a fact not entirely based in paranoia, as the Tamarod Gaza Facebook page has amassed some 20,000 “likes.”
According to the Palestine Press Agency report, Hamas authorities have already begun a crackdown on activists suspected of being involved in the movement.
Hamas has blamed its rival Fatah, which rules much of the West Bank, for the Tamarod movement and accuses it of using the movement as a proxy in Gaza.