Palestinian police in central Ramallah wait for the streets to fill with demonstrators after Friday Muslim prayers.
It’s the “day of anger” declared by Hamas after their Gaza stronghold was bombed and then invaded by the Israeli military.
Local people are shocked by the death and destruction and feel that their leaders and the rest of the world have failed to defend the Palestinians.
Faisal is a member of President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah, who spent 12 years in Israeli jails. But his faith in his leaders has been shaken. Like Hamas, he points out that Abbas should have stood for re-election on 9 January and he thinks that the Palestinian National Authority should be disbanded and armed struggle resumed.
The faithful gather for prayers at Djamal Abdel Nasser Mosque.
Women and men pray separately - some inside, some in the street.
In his sermon, the Imam angrily denounces the UN for not forcing Israel to obey its resolution calling for a ceasefire.
“And the Islamic nations watch and do nothing,” he says, calling on Muslims all over the world to oppose the occupation of Palestinian territories.
A crowd assembles outside the mosque. Some brandish placards denouncing the loss of life.
Others raise the flag of the Hamas movement, which controlled Gaza, but their own party tells them to take them down for fear of beatings at the hands of the Palestinian police.
The demonstration splits in two. Everyone is heading for the town’s main square but Hamas supporters go down one street, others go down a different one.
A crowd of women shout slogans swearing to avenge Gaza Interior Minister Saaed Syaam, who was killed yesterday, and call on Hamas to shoot rockets at Tel Aviv.
Abbas still has some supporters and others think that unity is more important than the choice of leader.
As left-wing supporters of Mustafa Barghouti’s Palestinian National Initiative shout praise for Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who has broken diplomatic ties with Israel, the demonstration disperses.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon predicts there will soon be a ceasefire. Here there is little hope of an end to the long-term conflict.
At Kalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers stand guard and control everyone trying to cross into their side.