Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Gaza children protest Hamas and Fatah

A group of children held a press conference in Gaza yesterday, saying that they will lead marches against the division between Fatah and Hamas.

They claimed that there are some 30,000 children in the territories who are being exploited for labor, being underpaid, and often forced out of school. 32 of the tunnel workers who have been killed in accidents were children. They complained that their exploitation is a violation of a number of international conventions and yet no one is trying to help them.

This might be related to the protests that are planned for 7 PM today where disgruntled Palestinian Arabs plan to bang pots and pans from their homes to protest the division. In both cases, the protests are smartly designed to be difficult to be stopped by the authorities.

It is too early to tell, but this might be the beginning of the Palestinian Arab version of the Arab Spring.