Since protests, precipitated largely by the grassroots Tamarod (rebellion) movement, led to the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Hamas has “worried that the Tamarod experience will be replicated in Gaza, particularly after pages began emerging on social media sites calling for similar protests in the Palestinian territories,” writes Middle Eastern news website Al-Monitor.
Algemeiner 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 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.
Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, told The Algemeiner that, beyond it being simply an Egyptian movement led by activists, Tamarod is a concept—one that oppressive regimes fear. “The Egyptian idea of ‘Tamarod’ went also to Tunisia, and maybe other places as well. No wonder that in Gaza it also has an echo,” Professor Kedar said. “It became a fashion.”