Syrian protesters approach the Israeli border 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
A document supposedly leaked by the governor of a south-western Syrian province indicates that the "Nakba Day" protesters
who breached the Syrian-Israel border last month were not only
encouraged by but organized by the Syrian government. The document nor
its source could be independently verified by The Jerusalem Post.
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The document, which was apparently leaked to Telegraph blogger
and Communications Director of the neo-conservative Henry Jackson
Society, is supposedly a memo summarizing an "urgent meeting" convened
by local Syrian authorities along the Israeli border and high-ranking
Syrian military officials on May 14, 2011, one day before the "Nakba
Day" protests that left a handful of people dead.
to the document, "all security, military and contingent units in the
province," are ordered to grant passage without search or delay to
twenty buses, until they reach the Syrian "frontier defense locations."
Furthermore, it purportedly states explicit orders to allow "approaching
crowds to cross the cease fire line (with Israel) towards the occupied
Majdal Shams, and to further allow them to engage physically with each
other in front of United Nations agents and offices." The order adds,
"there is no objection if a few shots are fired in the air."
Additionally, the document explains that the apparently state-sponsored
demonstrators were given a specified path to traverse the Golan in order
to avoid the mine fields that cover the area.
Perhaps most damning, however, is the last order contained in the
unverified document. "It is essential to ensure that no one carries
military identification or a weapon as they enter with a strict emphasis
on the peaceful and spontaneous nature of the protest." The demand not
to carry military identification implies that military personnel were in
fact participants in the border-breaching event.