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Hezbollah and Hamas on Monday praised Syrian protesters’ attempts the day before
to breach Israel’s border. Meanwhile, Internet organizers called for marches in
Jerusalem on Tuesday, the anniversary of the day the IDF took control of the
city’s eastern portion in 1967.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said
demonstrators on the “occupied Syrian Golan formed a clear picture of the aims
of the [Syrian] nation,” according to Al-Manar, a television channel operated by
the Shi’ite group.
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Speaking at a conference titled “Imam Khameini the
Intellectual,” Nasrallah said the protests demonstrated “the efforts of the US
administration to hijack the Arab revolutions” and denounced what he called
American hypocrisy over the region’s anti-government movements.
event proves Washington’s commitment to Israel’s absolute security, while the
same Washington speaks to us about human rights and freedoms,” he
Meanwhile, a man wounded during last month’s “Nakba Day” protests
in south Lebanon said Hezbollah gave him $50 to march on the border and $900 to
have his wounds treated by doctors, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on
Sunday. The man said he had been planning to return to Lebanon’s border area on
Sunday for “Naksa Day” rallies, but those demonstrations were ultimately
canceled by Lebanese authorities.
Hamas on Monday also praised the Golan
border march, and called on demonstrators to continue their efforts, Israel
Radio reported. The Hamas government running the Gaza Strip declared three days
of mourning for those killed on Sunday.
Azzam Ahmed, a top aide to
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of “brutality” for
firing on Palestinians “who have the right to return to their homes and
Meanwhile, Internet organizers are continuing efforts to bring
Palestinians and their supporters to the streets on Tuesday, the end of a
three-day “Naksa Day” commemoration that began on Friday and ran through
“Third Palestinian Intifada” – the website that organized much of
the previous days’ rallies – featured a clock on its Facebook page counting down
the days, hours, minutes and seconds until June 7.
“June 7 – Day of
Allegiance to Jerusalem,” the banner reads in Arabic. “Our uprising continues,
and we will pray, God willing, in the mosques of Jerusalem and in its churches,”
reads the underlying text. “We declare with all our strength and with our
loudest voice that the seventh of June, which marks the anniversary of the rape
of Jerusalem, ‘flower of all cities,’ is a day of allegiance to Jerusalem in all
countries of the world.”
The page – which has amassed 379,000 followers
or “likes” – features a profile picture of a map of Mandate-era Palestine with
the Muslim declaration of faith superimposed and an image of the Al-Aksa Mosque.
Fighter jets and naval ships converge on the area below the heading “Liberation
The group’s homepage calls on Palestinians in the West Bank
and “in Jerusalem or the Zionist borders” to march on the city’s Al-Aksa Mosque
and declare an “oath of allegiance” to Jerusalem.
It remained uncertain
whether the plans would come to fruition. Both Arab and left-wing activists said
they were unaware of any protests planned in Jerusalem on
Activists had similar plans on Sunday, but marchers trying to
enter Jerusalem from north of the city were turned back just meters past the
Kalandiya checkpoint, and the procession quickly degenerated into skirmishes
between troops and some 250 Palestinians along the Jerusalem-Ramallah highway.
One police officer and 40 protesters were injured.
spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said a march from Kalandiya to the capital was not
likely to succeed on Tuesday or on any other day.
“We have the army in
front of us, and the army certainly knows how to deal with this situation,” he
said on Monday. “So far, [‘Naksa’ demonstrations] haven’t caught on in
Jerusalem. If they do develop here, we will do everything necessary to contain
them.”Melanie Lidman contributed to this report.