Palestinian prisoners enter Gaza 311.
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A senior Hamas terrorist, released to the Gaza Strip in the Gilad Schalit
prisoner swap, traveled to South Africa recently to advance the Global March to
Jerusalem, scheduled for later this month.
Under the plan, protesters
from Jordan, Egypt, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Syria and Lebanon will
converge on Israel’s borders on March 30.
As reported last week in The
Jerusalem Post, the IDF is preparing for the planned infiltrations and will
distribute riot gear to units deployed along the borders.
According to a
paper published on Friday by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism
Information Center, a quasigovernment affiliated think tank based near Glilot,
Dr. Abd al-Aziz Amru, a senior Hamas member who was serving seven life sentences
for involvement in a suicide attack in 2003, was brought to South Africa as the
guest of two organizations – Al Quds Foundation of South Africa and the Muslim
The paper said Amru’s visit was meant to promote the
Global March to Jerusalem and to raise awareness about the continued
imprisonment of what he termed Palestinian “political prisoners” in Israeli
According to the center, the organizations that brought Amru to
South Africa are known radical Islamic groups, one of which – the Muslim
Judicial Council – is part of a larger group of Palestinian charities that was
outlawed several years ago by Israel and the US.
Amru was sentenced to
seven life sentences in prison for his involvement in dispatching the suicide
bomber who blew up at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem on September 9, 2003. Seven
Israelis were killed and more than 50 others were wounded in the attack. Among
the dead were Detroit-born Dr. David Applebaum, director of the Shaare Zedek
Medical Center emergency room, and his daughter Nava, whose wedding was
scheduled for the following day.
Earlier this week, the Intelligence and
Terrorism Information Center published a report saying that Tehran was, directly
and through its proxies, supporting the planned marches later this
“In our assessment, Iran has a number of objectives: to strengthen
its regional influence by exploiting the sensitivity of the Arab-Muslim world to
the issue of Jerusalem, to draw international attention away from itself, and to
broaden and deepen the delegitimization campaign being waged against Israel by
channeling it to Iran’s own political needs,” the report said.