Palestinian Land Day protest 370.
(photo credit: Mohamad Torokman / Reuters)
The PLO and Hamas urged Palestinians Thursday to participate in mass protests
marking Land Day on Friday.
Pro-Palestinian supporters are also planning
marches Friday from neighboring Arab countries to the borders with Israel as
part of a solidarity event called “Global March to Jerusalem.” The PLO Executive
Committee said the protests were necessary “to affirm the Arab and Palestinian
character of Jerusalem.”
The committee said there would be no solution to
the Israeli-Arab crisis unless Jerusalem became the eternal capital of an
independent Palestinian state.
It added that the demonstrations were also
directed against Israel’s efforts to “Judaize” Jerusalem and build
“The land was and remains the essence of the conflict [with
Israel],” the committee said. “Our people’s main battle is over the
The PLO committee warned that Israel’s policies were destroying
the two-state solution and would have “catastrophic
Palestinian activists in the West Bank expressed hope that
thousands of Palestinians would heed calls to participate in the protests, which
are expected to begin immediately after Friday prayers.
of various Palestinian political groups said that the demonstrations in the
Palestinian territories and along the borders with Israel were part of the
Palestinian strategy to launch “popular resistance against
Mahmoud Aloul, a senior Fatah official, said that most of the
protests in the West Bank would take place at the main entrances to Jerusalem.
He voiced hope that tens of thousands of Palestinians would
The mass demonstrations are intended to reflect the
Palestinians’ objection to Israeli occupation, Aloul explained.
Gaza Strip, Hamas officials also urged Palestinians to participate. Hamas, too,
is hoping that thousands of Palestinians will march toward the Erez border
The pro-Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee
said that Palestinians would march to Jerusalem through the Kalandiya and
“The Global March to Jerusalem is an international
action comprised of a diverse coalition of Palestinian, Arab and international
activists,” the group announced Thursday.
“The protesters will march
under the slogan of demanding freedom for Jerusalem and its people,” it
continued. “The aim is to end the Zionist policies of apartheid, ethnic
cleansing and Judaization, which all harm the people, land and sanctity of