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Gaza Repression Continues

Jonathan Schanzer

IHT reports today that Hamas clashed with Fatah demonstrators who gathered after Friday prayers, chanting slogans, throwing stones, and waving Fatah flags.

Hamas assaulted a Reuters TV cameraman filming the protest and tried to take his camera. Demonstrators beat the Hamas men, and prevented the cameraman’s arrest. Hamas did, however, detain an AFP photographer, and a cameraman for TV channel Russia Today, along with two other local reporters. They also broke a camera belonging to the al-Arabiya TV channel.

The Talibanization of Gaza continues. In recent weeks, Hamas has clubbed other Fatah demonstrators, seized journalists’ cameras, and raided media offices to prevent footage from getting out. It has even raided private parties where people were singing pro-Fatah songs.