Hamas authorities on Friday released a video of a Palestinian man who
“confessed” that he was part of a scheme to instigate unrest and chaos in the
The “confession” came after Hamas said its security forces
had arrested several Palestinians on suspicion of involvement with the new
anti-Hamas Tamarod (“rebellion”) group.
The group has vowed to overthrow
the Hamas regime the same way Egyptians got rid of president Mohamed
The man, whose identity was not revealed, claimed that Israel, the
Palestinian Authority and and some Arab countries were behind the plot. He did
not name the Arab countries.
The plot, he added, envisages the return of
the PA to the Gaza Strip and appointing former Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan
as president of the enclave. On Saturday, Dahlan, a former security commander in
the Gaza Strip, denied the allegation, saying Hamas was unable to face growing
popular anger against its oppression.
“I understood that the goal was to
stage a coup [against] Hamas,” the man in the video said, adding that PA
officers belonging to the Preventive Security Force had met with him in the Gaza
Strip. “I was told that blood would be up to the ankles in the Gaza Strip,” he
According to the man’s “confession,” PA security agents who met
with him in the Gaza Strip told him that the mission of toppling Hamas should be
completed in six months.
“They instructed me to form cells in the
southern Gaza Strip,” he added. “They told me that they have their own groups
and enough weapons in the northern Gaza Strip and that they are prepared to put
an end to Hamas’s injustice.
They also said that they have a lot of
Islam Shahwan, spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Interior
Ministry, said the man was part of a group of “suspicious elements” whose goal
was to undermine the Islamist movement.
Some of the suspects were linked
to Israel, he claimed.