The Jerusalem Day flag march on Sunday passed with no significant incident, despite Hamas threats and concerns that the Palestinians would react with violence.
According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), many Palestinian elements in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Jerusalem voiced anger on Sunday evening and Monday. They criticized Hamas and the other Palestinian resistance factions for failing to respond as they had threatened.
The criticism was voiced on social media, as well as in the Palestinian and Arab press.
Gaza journalist Ayman Al-Aloul criticized Hamas in a series of tweets and Facebook posts on the day of the march. “If today [March 29] passes without a response, I don’t want to hear even one voice selling [us any more] slogans … ”
The Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to Hezbollah, stated criticism of Hamas and even Iran, Syria and the Hezbollah terror organization itself for “failing to lift a finger” in defense of Jerusalem.
According to MEMRI, the Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida joined in on the bashing, saying in a Tuesday editorial that Hamas made empty threats while cooperating with Israel.