'Syrian Naksa Day march to border may be canceled'

After reports that Palestinians in Lebanon cancel march commemorating "setback" in 1967 Six-Day War, reports Syria protest postponed.

By OREN KESSLER
June 5, 2011 00:06
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Syrians hold Palestinian flags in Majdal Shams

Majdal Shams demonstration 311 R. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Palestinians in Syria may cancel Sunday's "Naksa Day" march to the Israeli border commemorating the 1967 Six-Day War, Egypt's official news agency reported on Saturday.

The MENA news agency reported that the head of the committee representing Syria's various factions announced that the event has been postponed, and that "Naksa Day" rallies were to be marked within Syria and Lebanon instead.

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On Friday, a high-ranking Palestinian source told Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star, that the Lebanese "Naksa Day" march would be held off after pressure from the Lebanese authorities.


IDF and police forces are on high alert and have shored up their presence on several of Israel's frontiers ahead of Sunday's anticipated border marches to commemorate the Palestinian "Naksa," or "setback" in the 1967 Six Day War. A wide-scale Internet campaign has called for protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem, on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and outside its embassies in Cairo and Amman.

Security forces are concentrating on reinforcing the Golan Heights border areas opposite Quneitra and at Majdal Shams, where on May 15, 100 Syrians breached the security fence in rallies marking the "Nakba" of Israel's founding in 1948.

Sunday marks the first day of the 1967 war, in which Israel expanded its territory to include east Jerusalem, the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula.



Demonstrations have also been planned for Tuesday, the anniversary of Israel taking control of east Jerusalem. The Internet campaign "Third Palestinian Intifada" has called on Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to march on Jerusalem's Al-Aksa Mosque in a show of "allegiance" to the city.

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