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The Global March to Jerusalem – another terrorist provocation on Israel’s borders


A cross post by Anne, who blogs at Anne’s Opinons

Tens of thousands of Islamists, anti-Israel activists and assorted ill-wishers are planning to take part in a “Global March to Jerusalem” tomorrow, March 30th, also known to Palestinians as Land Day.

Per Ynet

Turbulent weekend in cards? International supporters and hundreds of thousands of participants are expected to take part in the Global March on Jerusalem Friday, as Israel braces for potential attempts to breach the Jewish state’s borders..

The event, which is expected to include marches and protests across the region, is entering its final preparations, as IDF forces are also deploying in a bid to prevent any disruptions on Israel’s borders.

The IDF is preparing for the possibility that attempts will be made to breach Israel’s borders. The forces have been directed to prevent any beaches of Israeli sovereignty with minimal injuries to the protestors, if they do approach the border.

Sources within the defense establishment have conducted talks with Palestinian security officials to coordinate the events and make sure they remain within the jurisdiction of Palestinian towns.

Sa’id Yakin, one of the protest organizers in the Palestinian Authority, told Ynet that rallies will be held at three West Bank focal points.

“We expect thousands of participants,” Yakin said. “We have no interest in confrontation, and this march will not give rise to a third Intifada. We hope this move will affect Israel and its government’s policy.”

Palestinian security officials are also preparing for the weekend’s events and are estimating that most marchers won’t be able to get through local roadblocks and approach Israeli territory.

In Lebanon, participants will convene for a prayer session on the Beaufort, which overlooks the border with Israel. Public figures are expected to deliver a speech at the site, with organizers looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of participants.

According to Lebanese reports, security forces held a Turkish vessel carrying activists from Iran, Turkey and other Asian states for long hours. Hezbollah representatives reportedly mediated in efforts to resolve the crisis.

Jordan has set the gathering point at the site where it is believed that Jesus was baptized, a location overlooking Jerusalem. According to plans, this rally will also include speeches and masses of protestors.

Jordanian coordinator of the march, Ribhi Halloum, said: “We feel the immense interest in the event expressed through donations from private individuals and the Islamic Movement.”

The Al-Dustour newspaper reported that Jordanian Prime Minister Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh expressed his readiness to provide the Jordanian government’s sponsorship to the march which he said would be non-violent.

In Morocco, recent mass marches in Rabat have been seen as the first signs heralding the Jerusalem march events. Plans for the event include a joint forum with students from Jordan and a declaration of a fast day in efforts to show solidarity with Jerusalem.

On Friday, a number of marches will be held simultaneously, leaving from Casablanca, Fes and Meknes. Two days later pro-Palestinian organizations will launch a mass rally in Casablanca expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people.

Syria did not allow the recent riots to interfere with rigorous planning of the events, while in Egypt the activity is set to be low-key with just a central rally and a few small protests in the cards.

I highlighted certain sentences above in order to note that the IDF is right to be concerned about a possible breach of Israel’s borders. It happened before, last May, in the “Naqsa Day” disturbances, and all the signs are that despite the protestations of non-violence, the march has a huge potential to similarly turn very violent indeed.

The Times of Israel also reports on the diplomatic and military preparations being taken to prevent violence and a border breach:

The march’s organizers have predicted that two million participantswill join the protests. Israeli officials say they are braced for tens of thousands, and military sources said the army and policy have been instructed to act with maximal restraint while doing what is necessary to protect the country’s borders and citizens.

The security forces have been ordered to protect themselves and bystanders, to prevent any cross-border incursions, however brief, and to deny activists “a media victory,” Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Thursday night. In protests at the Syrian border last year, more than 100 activists broke through the border fence and entered Druze villages in the Golan Heights; one man even made his way to Tel Aviv.

Diplomatic officials sounded relatively unworried by the planned protests, although one source acknowledged that there was no way of knowing what might unfold on the Syrian and Lebanese borders, because Israel has no dialogue with anyone in authority on the other side of either of those lines.

Several hundred anti-Israel demonstrators are also planning protests in front of Israeli institutions worldwide.

In Jerusalem, access to the Temple Mount for Friday prayers will be limited to adult worshipers, and police have called in extra forces. Police deployments in hotspots nationwide are also being reinforced. Sources expressed concern at the prospect of violence in and around the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem as well as on the outskirts of Jerusalem, at known flashpoints such as the Kalandiya checkpoint.

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“Messages have been sent through a third country to the Lebanese authorities, messages to the effect that border incidents are of no interest to anyone and that we expect them to enforce law and order,” a diplomatic source said. “But we all know who really controls the South of Lebanon, so we don’t know really know what to expect,” he added, referring to Hezbollah fighters who might seek violent confrontation with Israeli troops.

Israelis and Jordanians routinely cooperate on military issues and thus it was not necessary to send any warning messages to Amman, the diplomatic official said. “The Jordanians know it’s against their interests to have any cross-border incidents.”

“The big question is what will happen near our borders with Syria and Lebanon. Nobody can forecast what’s going to happen. There is no one in Syria we can send any messages to, not even indirectly.”

“Messages have been sent through a third country to the Lebanese authorities, messages to the effect that border incidents are of no interest to anyone and that we expect them to enforce law and order,” a diplomatic source said. “But we all know who really controls the South of Lebanon, so we don’t know really know what to expect,” he added, referring to Hezbollah fighters who might seek violent confrontation with Israeli troops.

Israelis and Jordanians routinely cooperate on military issues and thus it was not necessary to send any warning messages to Amman, the diplomatic official said. “The Jordanians know it’s against their interests to have any cross-border incidents.”

“The big question is what will happen near our borders with Syria and Lebanon. Nobody can forecast what’s going to happen. There is no one in Syria we can send any messages to, not even indirectly.”

The Jerusalem Post has a good article detailing the press and propaganda war surrounding this “Global March to Jerusalem” (GM2J).  Meanwhile, Jeremy Havardi, writing in The Commentator, has written an excellent piece which rips to shreds the lies and distortions surrounding the Arabs’ pseudo-claim to Jerusalem.  Here is just a small excerpt but do go and read the whole thing:

The Palestinians and their backers have long resorted to diplomatic war in order to undermine Israel’s legitimacy. The Global March to Jerusalem, scheduled for March 30, is a classic example of this tactic. The organisers claim they are seeking “freedom for Jerusalem” and an “end to the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation” affecting the city.

In reality, they are distorting the historical record for political purposes. They seek to depict Israel as a malevolent custodian of the Holy places and a usurper of Muslim rights, so as to buttress an Arab and Islamic claim to the city. But as it happens, their claim does not stand up to serious scrutiny.

But by far the most thorough and far-reaching counter-attack on the GM2J is the website set up by Adam Levick, [lead researcher Hadar Sela], and the team at CiFWatch.

The site is very cleverly designed to be an almost exact replica of the official Global March to Jerusalem site (I won’t provide a link to that to avoid sending them traffic), including their logo. The only difference is that the logo has a red diagonal line through it. And of course the title of the site is “Exposing the Truth about the Global March to Jerusalem.

The site has links to the organizers, the sponsors, the endorsers etc. of the GM2J and makes rather horrifying reading.

They have now produced a very useful factsheet which I urge you to read, and use the information contained within it to counter lies, distortions and plain old anti-Israel propaganda wherever you may encounter it. Here are some highlights:

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.

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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 world.

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.

Unfortunately the march (or attempted invasion) will be taking place on Friday, and if there are any repercussions, violent or otherwise, they will spill over into Shabbat, when I will be offline.  I will make this post a “sticky” post, so that it will stay at the top of my blog until after Shabbat so that readers not on my Shabbat time can leave updates in the comments section if they wish.

May the wishes of those who hate us be thwarted and may we all have a quiet and peaceful Shabbat and may the desires of those who hate us be thwarted.

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  1. Last year’s march failed because the global media attention to the incident and its “Shahids” wasn’t nearly as big as the backers had probably hoped for (nor were the dead as many as they hoped.)
    Apparently the march is the new flotilla strategy, and I predict it won’t have the same, ahem… splash. And they say it’s very much Iranian organized. Surprise.

    • I have yet to see any mention of it in the Washington Post or the 3 main channels on TV. In the US it is, as of this evening, a non-event.

  2. No Comments about Mofaz’s victory?

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4209431,00.html

    Just a reminder that 3 days before moving to Kadima mofaz publicly said that he will never leave the Likkud.

    And his comments about the public discussions over Iran?

    I guess it takes a Persian to know a Persian…

    All I can say is that Bibi and his supporters must feel very happy now that Livni is out of the picture.

    On a more on the topic subject did you report about the attacks in East Jerusalem last night and over the last weeks?

    The Guardian must be very proud.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4210074,00.html

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4207802,00.html

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4209530,00.html

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4203323,00.html

    and on the last one, guess what was his inspiration to attempt the murder of the young female soldier?

    You guessed it, the reports from Al Manar, Al Jazeera and Al Quds.

    Will the Guardian mention any of this?

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4209773,00.html

  3. The aspect that I didn’t see covered in the Guardian or here is the hijacking of the Land day to slowly transforming into a second Nakba day.

    These are totaly different items yet no one in the Guardian seems to split them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Day

    30th of March is there for a reason.

    It is also interesting to see how far the Israeli arabs have come in fighting for equal rights and equal representations within Israeli society.

    In fact it was Bibi that made a push towards allocating more funds to their sectors by delivering funds for groth of industries and factories built around Arab villages and towns.

    It is also worth mentioning that some of the Land taken was also used to build places inside arab villages and towns and that some wwas also used as army bases which benefit all.

    The Palestinian movements of the 80’s and after 2000 keeps shifting the goal posts and just like they have hijacked the “nationality” in the late 60’s they hijacked the Israeli arab fight for a voice in order to represent their plight for a one state solution.

    Hence the creation of Balad.

  4. Don’t forget the demo outside the Israeli London Embassy this afternoon.

    We will be opposing the Global March on Jerusalem supporters who comprise Israel haters, assorted racists and many useful idiots, including no doubt legions of AsAJews.

    It all kicks off at 5pm till 7pm – please attend if you can, even if you have to leave early.

    Shabbat shalom everyone – let’s hope it IS a peaceful one!