Earlier this month, residents of Umm al-Nasr, a Bedouin community in northern Gaza, saw their homes demolished—but not by Israel. Khaled Abu Toameh reports:
On June 9, hundreds of Hamas security officers raided the village to destroy several houses as part of the terror group’s attempt to evict the residents from the area. Hamas claims that the village was illegally built on “state-owned” land. . . . The residents threw stones at the officers, who responded by firing live ammunition at the protesters.
At least 25 villagers were injured during the clashes, eight of them from gunfire. Sources in the Gaza Strip said that at least one Hamas officer was injured. After the violent clashes, Hamas security forces arrested 85 villagers. . . . Sources in the Gaza Strip said that there are 28 more villages slated for demolition by Hamas on the pretext that they were illegally built on public lands.
Hamas’s practices against the Palestinians do not come as a surprise to many Palestinians, especially those who have been living under its repressive regime in the Gaza Strip since 2007. What does continue to surprise many Palestinians, however, is the ongoing silence of the international community, human-rights groups, the United Nations, and many mainstream media organizations towards the Hamas crimes.