Gaza's embattled Hamas rulers urge people to march on the border with Israel in the coming weeks to shore up their shaky rule, but with potentially fatal consequences.
As of Friday, Hamas hopes to mobilize large crowds to set up camps near the border. He plans a series of demonstrations that will culminate with a march to the border fence on May 15, the anniversary of the founding of Israel, the Palestinians as "Nakba" or disaster.
The group wants hundreds of thousands of people to mobilize the effort, although it has not been able to set such course in previous rallies. Nevertheless, a nervous Israel observes and swears a hard answer when the border is breached.
"If we march to the border, then the organizers will decide what to do," said Ismail Radwan, a Hamas official. Israel warned against taking action against the demonstrators and said: "The occupation should not commit any stupidity in fighting the Palestinian masses."
Hamas says the demonstration is designed to alert to the plight of hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza whose relatives have fled or were displaced from their homes during the 1
948 war that surrounded Israeli creation.
But the first protest of this kind is also coming to a low for the Islamic militant group and the 2 million inhabitants of Gaza, where conditions have worsened since Hamas in 2007 took control of the territory from the internationally supported Palestinian Authority has taken over.