Two million set for ‘March on Jerusalem’ Friday, organizer claims (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ELHANAN MILLER 03/26/12)
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Israel has urged neighboring states not to let participants reach its
wo million Arab and international protesters will march toward the
borders of Israel and take part in activities designed to highlight
Jerusalem’s Arab character on Friday, the event organizer claims.
Ribhi Haloum, general coordinator of the “Global March to Jerusalem,”
said in a press statement that volunteers from 80 countries will take
part in the march. Jordan and Lebanon will send protesters to the
border, whereas Egypt will organize a solidarity marathon from Cairo
University to the pyramids in Giza and a large rally at Al-Azhar
The organizers emphasized the peaceful nature of the march, which
will coincide with Land Day, an annual day of commemoration marked by
Arab citizens of Israel to protest land confiscation.
But judging by the event’s Facebook page, at least some supporters
are demanding concrete action on Jerusalem.
“What will you do after the march? Liberate it!” wrote commentator
Muhammad Malkawi. Other talkbackers asked about solidarity activities
in Sudan or Iraq.
Global March to Jerusalem Facebook page (photo credit: Facebook
In Jordan, protesters will be bused from downtown Amman to Maghtis in
the Jordan Valley, across the border from kibbutz Beit Ha’arava. They
will conduct Friday prayers at the border. In Lebanon, demonstrators
will congregate at the Beaufort Castle, not far from the Israeli town
According to the event’s Facebook page, Syrian Palestinians will
organize activities “in accordance with the domestic situation
there.” Jordanian daily A-Dustour reported Monday that activists have
landed in Syria aboard Iranian airplanes.
The march organizers also boast the participation of a Neturei Karta
delegation, an ultra-Orthodox group that opposes Zionism.
Israel has warned a number of Arab states against the march,
preparing the IDF for possible confrontation with protesters
attempting to cross the border.
Israel claims the march is organized by hostile elements and last
week sent messages directly or indirectly to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan,
the Hamas government in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority, calling
on them not to allow escalation in the area by allowing marches to
Organizers claim more than 700 institutions from 64 states are
involved in the rally. Protests are also planned to take place
outside Israeli embassies in Europe and Arab countries. (© 2012 THE
TIMES OF ISRAEL 03/26/12)
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