Tiny Minority of Extremists Update: “Despite Isolation, Gazans Show Allegiance for Hamas,” by Steven Erlanger and Taghreed El-Khodary for the New York Times (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
GAZA “” About 200,000 Gazans rallied in support of Hamas on Saturday, the 20th anniversary of its founding.
About 200,000 Gazans rallied in a show of force from Hamas on the 20th anniversary of its founding.
It was a significant show of force from Hamas, which took over Gaza six months ago in a rapid rout of Fatah forces. The rally was intended to display popular “samoud,” or steadfastness, in the face of the diplomatic and economic isolation of Gaza, which Israel has declared a “hostile entity.” It was easily as large as one a month ago for its rival, the Fatah faction, on the anniversary of the death of Yasir Arafat, and estimates ranged up to 250,000 people.
Central Gaza City was filled with green flags and political slogans, and a large banner reading, “We will not recognize Israel,” adorned the back of the stage.