Document supposedly shows Syria role in border clashes

Apparently leaked to 'Telegraph' blogger by local Syrian official, letter gives orders allowing protesters to reach, cross Israeli border.

June 14, 2011 17:34
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Syrian protesters approach the Israeli border

Syrian protesters approach the Israeli border 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)


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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.

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.

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According 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.

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