Syrian newspaper: Naksa Day protests just the start

Two articles in state-run 'Tishreen' claim that border demonstrations are set to multiply; claims hundreds of thousands will march to Golan.

June 7, 2011 12:27
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Syrians hold Palestinian flags in Majdal Shams

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


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The events on Israel's Syrian border on "Naksa Day" are just the beginning, according to an article in the Syrian newspaper Tishreen.

According to the article, Israel should be ready for more than 600,000 refugees to march across the border, ostensibly to return to their homes in the Golan. "The Palestinian refugeeswho gathered at the border were part of a mass march of progress for the right of return," the article said.

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Tishreen is state-run and affiliated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Israel has accused Syria of orchestrating the protests on Sunday, where Syria claims more than 20 people were killed after they attempted once again to breach the border fence between the Golan Heights and the Syrian town of Majdal Shams. Netanyahu called the events an attempt by Damascus to “divert international attention” from the massive anti-government protests sweeping Syria and the violent, bloody crackdowns on protesters that have occurred.

Another article in the same paper claimed that Israel should know that mass marches are approaching, and does not have grounds for deterrence.  "Israel can not even use the pretext of self-defense, for what it calls its borders," the article says.

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