The NYTimes reports 100,000 in Gaza protested the Annapolis Peace conference. One of the youths, a “Hamas protester in Gaza, Asma al-Fayoumi, 17, said: ‘There is a division among Palestinians. There are those after food, life, those that are materialistic, like [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas, and there are those like us who are seeking life after death.’ The large turnout in Gaza pleased her. ‘There are those who still enjoy good conscience,’ she said.”
In the more “moderate” West Bank — where one group, Hizb ut Tahrir (the Islamic Liberation Party), sees Hamas as a bunch of wimpy appeasers – the moderate Abbas’s moderate Palestinian Authority security forces killed one protester in the course of shooting into crowds of Annapolis naysayers (no doubt with guns provided by the U.S. of A.).
Secretary of State Condi Rice insists that “70 percent” of Palestinians “say they’re perfectly ready to live side by side with Israel because they just want to live in peace.” Apparently they stayed home.