‘Global March on Jerusalem’ to Reach Destinations on Friday, Marchers’ Website Hacked (JEWISH PRESS) By: Yori Yanover 03/29/12)
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One day before the commencement of events planned to mark ‘Land Day,’
organizers of the “Global March to Jerusalem” are putting in the
finishing touches on the deployment of their troops. Israel is also
preparing for the march; Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed
security system chiefs “to be prepared for any scenario.”
A security official told Israel’s Channel 2 News that Israel’s
defense apparatus is monitoring closely events within Israel’s
borders, and IDF and Border Guard units are being reinforced in
preparation for possible confrontations with Arab demonstrators.
Troops were equipped with riot control gear.
“After ‘Nachsa’ and ‘Nakba’ (catastrophe in Arabic) days, the
Military Engineering Forces upgraded the obstacles along the border
fence with Syria,” the official said, adding that security forces in
Judea and Samaria are also preparing for any scenario.
Access to the MOJ official website, gm2j.com, has been blocked on
Wednesday night, and organizers blamed Israeli hackers for taking
down the site.
Thursday afternoon, dozens of pro-Palestinian activists arrived in
Lebanon, to participate in the march toward Israel’s northern border
Friday morning. According to reports, some activists had difficulty
entering Lebanon via its sea ports, probably because of warning
messages issued by Israel to its neighbors, saying it would not
behave with restraint in face of a threat to its borders.
The website Debka File reported that special flights carrying
thousands of pro-Palestinian activists from Tehran touched down in
Damascus last Tuesday. “Before taking off, they were split into small
groups and tutored by Iranian Al Qods Brigades officers in tactics
for breaching Israeli border barriers, bursting through and
challenging the Israeli military forces defending the border.”
According to Debka File, one group of activists was sent by special
bus to Lebanon, where Hizballah officers took them to villages near
the Israeli border. Another group has been assigned to the Syrian
border with Israel on the Golan.
The website “alternative News” says the march has been driven by Arab
reaction to Israel’s government’s “strategy to Judaise the holy
city,” based ion which Israel “has long denied most Palestinians –
whether Muslim or Christian – access to Jerusalem, even to visit the
(The fact that the statement doesn’t have even a shred of truth to it
probably qualifies it as bone fide “alternative news” – YY)
Global March initiative spokesperson Zahir al-Birawi argues, with the
same level of adherence to the truth, that “through methods of ethnic
cleansing, Israel is forcing Jerusalem’s remaining Palestinian
inhabitants out, thus endangering the multi-religious, multi-ethnic
character of the city that is the intended capital of Palestine.”
And so, in a move meant to address world public opinion, on 30
March “Palestinians and their international supporters will attempt
to get as close to Jerusalem as they can: whether at the borders of
Lebanon and Jordan, at checkpoints in the ‘West Bank,’ or at Erez
crossing in Gaza,” al-Birawi told the Ma’an news agency.
These rallies have been scheduled to fall on Palestinian Land Day, an
annual day of commemoration for Palestinians of the events that took
place on that date in 1976:
In response to an Israeli government announcement of a plan to
expropriate some 20,000 dunams (4,942 acres) of land in the northern
Galilee for official use, a general strike and marches were organized
in Arab towns from the Galilee to the Negev. In the ensuing
confrontations with Israeli army and police, six Israeli Arab
citizens were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds
David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee,
wrote in the Huffington Post:
Here we go again.
First, it was the various “Freedom Flotillas” that tried to enter
Hamas-controlled Gaza by sea.
Now it’s the “Global March to Jerusalem” (GMJ), slated for March 30.
Whether by sea or land, the goals are the same: to provoke
confrontations with Israel, give Israel a black eye in the world
media, and pursue a strategy of delegitimizing Israel’s very right to
In the past few hours there was lively activity on Websites
associated with the March on Jerusalem events. “We are now conducting
the evening prayers … God willing, how we yearn to pray at the
blessed Al-Aqsa mosque,” wrote one site.
Others blogged: “Allahu Akbar, Jerusalem, here we come. Mere hours
separate us from one of the greatest days of the Arab and Islamic
nation. We are confident this day, March 30, will influence all the
days that will follow.”
Incidentally, it must be a coincidence, otherwise we would have to
suspect the Guardian of harboring a secret animosity toward Israel.
Two days before the event in which hordes of Arabs are publicizing
their plan to storm Israeli borders, the Guardian describes how
disappointed it is that Israel is surrounding itself with barbwire
fences, completing a stretch of 150 miles of a steel fence along its
“Israel extends new border fence but critics say it is a sign of
weakness,” reads the Guardian’s headline, with the sub: “Doubts grow
over the fortified frontiers the Jewish state says are needed as
deterrents against terrorism and illegal infiltration.”
The doubts, incidentally, are basically something Alex Fishman wrote
in Yedioth Aharonot about how the more fences Israel must use for its
protection, the weaker its position becomes in the long run.
It’s a debatable idea, of course, but in the future, the Guardian
should probably try to remain more accurate in its headline, which
should have read: “Israel extends new border fence but Alex Fishman
says it is a sign of weakness.” (© 2012 JewishPress. 03/29/12)
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