Gazans blame Hamas for energy crisis (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Elior Levy Published: 03.26.12, 20:34)
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Online campaign launched by Strip residents call on Palestinian
public to go on general strike in protest of growing electricity,
Social justice? The recent energy crisis in Gaza has enraged many of
the Strip´s residents, who are now launching a new campaign on
Facebook, calling to hold a general strike on Thursday.
The campaign organizers are calling on all drivers, business owners,
schools and universities to strike as an act of protest in the face
of a growing rift between Gaza and the West Bank, and the deepening
electricity and fuel crisis.
Organizers noted that the general strike is only the first move in a
series of protest acts planned in the Strip if the crisis is not
resolved and the Gazan residents´ suffering is not alleviated.
While organizers stressed that the campaign is not backed by a rival
political party, they also laid blame on Hamas, saying it was not
doing enough to resolve the situation.
Though authorities tried to alleviate the transportation crisis by
operating governmental vehicles to transport residents, the
organizers of the campaign claimed they could do more, such as
temporarily freeze tax collection or stop payments onvehicle licenses
that are not being used due to the petrol crisis.
In order to fend of accusations of siding with Fatah, the protest
initiators stressed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas´ party
was also responsible for the grim situation in Gaza. "For six years
the politicians were busy dialoguing in Egyptian hotels. These talks
didn´t bare fruit and today we are telling them – enough is enough."
´Gazans scared of Hamas´
An official Palestinian source told Ynet that the planned strike will
not succeed because Gazans are too afraid of Hamas´ security
apparatus. However, the source added that the very call for a strike
should be seen as a sign of Hamas´ failure to smoothly run the Strip.
According to the source, "Hamas will do anything to curtail any acts
of protest, including arrests.
As for the prospects of resolving the energy crisis, the Palestinian
source noted that Hamas has no interest in reaching an agreement with
Egypt or the Palestinian Authority because it makes a large profit
"Hamas is not interested to see taxes from fuel sales reaching
Ramallah," he noted.
Meanwhile, it seems that the Gazan authorities are starting to show
signs of distress over the growing disapproval; The Hamas´ police
department stated on Monday evening that it had arrested 120 local
residents over the past month, in suspicion that they spread rumors
on the fuel and electricity crisis in the Strip.
The police stated that all detainees were released after they signed
an affidavit, vowing not to spread rumors again. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 03/26/12)
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