PLO, Hamas urge participation in Land Day protest (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 03/30/12)
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The PLO and Hamas urged Palestinians Thursday to participate in mass
protests marking Land Day on Friday.
Pro-Palestinian supporters are also planning marches Friday from
neighboring Arab countries to the borders with Israel as part of a
solidarity event called “Global March to Jerusalem.” The PLO
Executive Committee said the protests were necessary “to affirm the
Arab and Palestinian character of Jerusalem.”
The committee said there would be no solution to the Israeli-Arab
crisis unless Jerusalem became the eternal capital of an independent
It added that the demonstrations were also directed against Israel’s
efforts to “Judaize” Jerusalem and build settlements.
“The land was and remains the essence of the conflict [with Israel],”
the committee said. “Our people’s main battle is over the land.”
The PLO committee warned that Israel’s policies were destroying the
two-state solution and would have “catastrophic consequences.”
Palestinian activists in the West Bank expressed hope that thousands
of Palestinians would heed calls to participate in the protests,
which are expected to begin immediately after Friday prayers.
Representatives of various Palestinian political groups said that the
demonstrations in the Palestinian territories and along the borders
with Israel were part of the Palestinian strategy to launch “popular
resistance against Israel.”
Mahmoud Aloul, a senior Fatah official, said that most of the
protests in the West Bank would take place at the main entrances to
Jerusalem. He voiced hope that tens of thousands of Palestinians
The mass demonstrations are intended to reflect the Palestinians’
objection to Israeli occupation, Aloul explained.
In the Gaza Strip, Hamas officials also urged Palestinians to
participate. Hamas, too, is hoping that thousands of Palestinians
will march toward the Erez border crossing.
The pro-Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee said that
Palestinians would march to Jerusalem through the Kalandiya and
“The Global March to Jerusalem is an international action comprised
of a diverse coalition of Palestinian, Arab and international
activists,” the group announced Thursday.
“The protesters will march under the slogan of demanding freedom for
Jerusalem and its people,” it continued. “The aim is to end the
Zionist policies of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaization,
which all harm the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem.” (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/30/12)
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