Replacing evil with desperate. A deeper threat to Israel.



A Facebook page created by anonymous people is calling on Palestinians to take part in mass protest against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

The page, titled Honor Revolution (Thauret al-Karama in Arabic), urges Gazans to take to the street after Muslim Friday prayers to topple the de-facto government of the Islamist movement.

“The young people of the beloved Gaza Strip will carry out a grand act that will change the face of history,” a message posted on the page reads.

“We derived our inspiration from the revolutions in green Tunisia and Egypt of the pharaohs, which joined the struggle for freedom,” it says.

By Wednesday afternoon, 2,338 people had joined it by clicking “like.”

The group’s stated aim is to end the split between Gaza and the West Bank, which came about when Hamas seized sole control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007. Eighteen months prior to that Hamas won parliamentary elections, which sparked a fierce power struggle with President Mahmoud Abbas and his secular Fatah party.

The Facebook page, in Arabic only, appealed to the Hamas security forces not to use violence against the demonstrators.

“We will go out to end the split and gain back our national unity in a peaceful way. Our message to you: Don’t cover your hands with our pure blood,” the page said. “Don’t obey your masters, the owners of the villas, the apartments, the lands, the cars and the jeeps.”

The group said the protests throughout Gaza would be a “pure popular revolution” of all political affiliations.

“It is the revolution of the mosques, the churches, the factories, the universities, the schools, the unemployed and the internet cafes,” it declared, although Fatah supporters were said to be among the internet users who launched the initiative.

Observers in Gaza and the West Bank said they were unsure whether the Facebook call would be able to mobilize huge numbers of protesters.

They said Gazans were afraid of Hamas’ security apparatus, which has acted harshly against critics.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said Hamas authorities in Gaza quashed a solidarity demonstration with Egypt last week. The international watchdog said police arbitrarily arrested six women and threatened to arrest another 20 people as soon as they arrived at the Park of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City.

HRW said Abbas’ Palestinian Authority police also used violence against peaceful demonstrators in the central West Bank city of Ramallah last week, by punching, kicking and detaining participants, as well as at least two journalists and a HRW research assistant.

If the Palestinians take over Hamas control, it would be reasonable to think that Hamas leaders and followers would fall under rank. With this combined force and evil intensified with desperation. Israel is in grave danger and I pray that Good will prevail.

Copyright (c) February 9, 2011. All rights reserved.

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Egypt deploys troops along Gaza border


Egyptian security forces beefed up their presence along the border with the Gaza Strip on Sunday in a bid to stop Hamas operatives from crossing between the two countries amid concerns that terror groups will take advantage of the anarchy in Egypt to launch attacks against that country and Israel.

Israeli defense officials said the troop increase was undertaken in coordination with the Defense Ministry because, under the peace treaty between the countries, Egypt is not allowed to deploy large numbers of soldiers along its border with Israel.

The deployment came amid reports that Egypt had also ordered Hamas to cease all its tunnel activities along the Philadelphi Corridor.

On Sunday, a number of Hamas operatives, including the group’s commander for Khan Younis, escaped from a jail in Egypt and were believed to be making their way back to the Gaza Strip.

“The Egyptians are cracking down on Hamas,” a senior Israeli defense official said on Sunday.

Throughout the day, the IDF and Defense Ministry held consultations regarding the continued unrest in Egypt. Senior Israeli politicians and officials were in touch with Egyptian government officials, and contact was established directly between Israel and Egypt’s new vice president, Omar Suleiman.

Israel’s concern is that the Muslim Brotherhood will use the ongoing demonstrations to garner public support and eventually take over Egypt.

Israeli officials who were in touch with Egyptians on Sunday expressed confidence in Suleiman’s ability to take control of the military and prevent a regime change. I remain doubtful as he was seen as to close to President Mubarak and the Egyptian people want a total change of control.

If the Gaza border is infiltrated, be prepared for an increase in gas prices.

Copyright (c) January 30, 2011. All rights reserved.