FACTSHEET: GLOBAL MARCH TO JERUSALEM (GMJ) MARCH 30, 2012
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GMJ, scheduled for March 30, 2012, is an anti-Israel publicity stunt
that aims to have a million people marching on Israel’s borders from
all the surrounding countries – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt –
with the aim of reaching Jerusalem. Concurrently, demonstrations are
planned in the Palestinian-administrated territories and against
Israel’s diplomatic missions in major cities throughout the world.
Who is organizing GMJ?
The organizers of GMJ are made up of members of Hamas, the Muslim
Brotherhood, far-left extremist groups and are backed by the Iranian
government. Senior organizers include:
-Ahmed Abo Halabiya, a Hamas MP who in 2000 gave a sermon
saying “Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any
country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill
-Zaher Birawi, a prominent Hamas activist in the UK and senior member
of the Muslim Brotherhood linked Palestinian Return Center.
-Abdul Maqri, head of the Algerian delegation aboard the Mavi Marmara
who in 2010 said “all our blood is Palestine” and declared
that “Israel will be annihilated soon”.
-Saud Abu Mahfouz, member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Action
Front in Jordan who is on record for stating “We see Hamas movement
in Palestine as standing at the head of the project of the Arab and
Islamic liberation for which the Muslim Brotherhood calls”
Advisory board members include George Galloway, Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead McGuire, Mahathir Mohammed and
Sheikh Raed Salah.
What are the objectives of GMJ?
Official statements of the organizers of GMJ attempt to portray the
movement as a peaceful protest aimed at highlighting the so-
called “Judaization of Jerusalem”.
In 2011, GMJ general coordinator, Ribhi Halloum stated “[t]he
protest aims to move the right of return possessed by Palestinian
refugees from theory to practice”.
In practice, the right of return is a rejection of the two state
solution and subterfuge for the destruction of Israel as the nation
state of the Jewish people. Coupled with that, employment of the
term “Judaization of Jerusalem” is hateful rhetoric designed to
negate thousands of years of Jewish history and incite the Muslim
Haven’t there been attempts to breach Israel’s borders beforehand?
Yes. During 2011 there were two separate attempts to march on
Israel’s borders mainly from Syria, one on May 15 and another on June
5, both of which turned violent resulting in dozens of deaths and
Like every other sovereign nation, Israel has the right to control
who enters its borders and to protect its borders from being breached.
Should we be concerned about GMJ?
Absolutely. With a bloody uprising in Syria, a Muslim Brotherhood
dominated Egypt, the looming Iranian nuclear threat, a failed peace
process and recent renewed violence from Hamas-controlled Gaza, the
situation is highly volatile. Combined with the extreme terror groups
behind GMJ and the rallying cry of “saving Al Aqsa (Jersualem) from
the Jews”, it is our assessment that with sufficient numbers the
organizers will seek violent confrontation with Israeli forces with
the aim of sparking a Third Intifada
How do I find more about GMJ?
We have established a special website at www.gm2j.co which contains
detailed information about GMJ, profiles of the organizers, lists of
endorsing organizations and a regularly updated blog.
Please also follow us on Twitter at @gm2jlm.
For further information, please contact Adam Levick, managing editor
of CiF Watch, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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