Gaza Human Chain shows Hamas has lost its appeal
It should have been a show of force of Palestinian unity, but it turned out as a shameful defeat for Hamas.
Of the tens of thousand of Gazans expected to form a human chain from North to South, only 5,000 turned up and most of them were schoolchildren and university students.
Was it really a protest against Israel or a protest against Hamas?
By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer
NATIV HAASARA, Israel - Israel deployed thousands of troops and police along the volatile border with the Gaza Strip on Monday but a Hamas demonstration against Israel's blockade of the territory appeared to pass without incident.
Organizers had hoped to form a human chain running the length of the 25-mile strip, but turnout was well below expectations. About 5,000 people, many of them schoolchildren and university students, joined the chain outside the town of Beit Hanoun, about four miles from the border.