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Israel Attacked From All Sides On ‘Nakba’

From an outraged (at Israel) Reuters:

Israel-Palestinian violence erupts on three borders

By Douglas Hamilton Mon May 16, 2011

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing at least 13 people on the day Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel in 1948.

In the deadliest such confrontation in years of anniversary clashes usually confined to the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire in three separate border locations to prevent crowds of demonstrators from crossing frontier lines.

Not to pick nits, but notice how Reuters manages to make it sound like the Israelis are the instigator here, when they merely defending themselves.

The new challenge to Israel came from the borders of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Gaza — all home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled or were driven out in 1948.

Combined with a public relations disaster last year over the killing of pro-Palestinian activists in a Gaza aid flotilla and a determined Palestinian diplomatic drive to win U.N. recognition of statehood in September this year, the bloody border protests raised the stakes further for Israel.

Only the willfully uninformed or anti-Semitic would view the ‘Gaza flotilla’ raid as a PR disaster for Israel. But, come to think of it, that would include the reporters at Reuters.

Israel’s leaders condemned the incidents as provocations inspired by Iran, to exploit Palestinian nationalist feeling fueled by the popular revolts of the "Arab Spring," and to draw attention from major internal unrest in Syria, Iran’s ally

We always thought that this is what the Arab Spring was ultimately all about. And once again our suspicions have been born out.

Apparently, no one has determined what year this Arab Spring is? Is it going to be the spring 754? The spring of 1238? Or 1944?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah movement holds sway in the Israeli occupied West Bank and is ready to negotiate peace with Israel, said in a televised address that those killed were martyrs to the Palestinian cause.

"Their precious blood will not be wasted. It was spilled for the sake of our nation’s freedom," Abbas said.

And Mr. Abbas is the so-called ‘moderate’ Palestinian leaders.

But Islamist Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and which last month sealed a surprise reconciliation pact with its bitter rival Fatah, issued a warning that Palestinians would accept nothing less than return to all lands lost in 1948.

Spokesman Taher Al-Nono praised the "crowds we have seen in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon" as evidence of "imminent victory and return to the original homes as promised by God."

So what else is new.

In an apparent contradiction of suggestions that Hamas might ditch its rejection of Israel’s right to exist, he said there was no alternative to recovering all land lost in 1948.

And there we were believing that Hamas had changed its ‘goals.’

Israeli security forces had been on alert for violence on Sunday, the day Palestinians mourn the "Nakba," or catastrophe, of Israel’s founding in a 1948 war, when hundreds of thousands of their brethren fled or were forced to leave their homes.

How is it that we never hear about all of the Christians and Jews who have been displaced by Muslims over the centuries? For instance in Turkey — where there are numerous ‘ghost towns’ due to Christians having been driven out by the Muslims.]

A call had gone out on Facebook urging Palestinians to demonstrate on Israel’s borders.

Which, of course, Facebook wouldn’t dream of censoring them. After all, they aren’t dangerous Tea Party types.

Lebanon’s army said 10 Palestinians died as Israeli forces shot at rock-throwing protesters to prevent them from entering the Jewish State from Lebanese territory.

They said 112 people had been wounded in the shooting incident in the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras…

Syrian media reports said Israeli gunfire killed two people after dozens of Palestinians infiltrated the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from Syria, along a front line that has been largely tranquil for decades.

Syria condemned Israel’s "criminal activities." …

To the southeast, on Jordan’s desert border with Israel, Jordanian police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists gathered at a border village

On Israel’s tense border with Gaza, Israeli gunfire wounded 82 demonstrators nearing the fence, medics said. Israeli forces said they shot a man trying to plant a bomb near the border.

In Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial hub, a truck driven by an Arab Israeli slammed into vehicles and pedestrians, killing one man and injuring 17 people

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian youths and Israeli forces clashed for hours at the main checkpoint dividing the Ramallah from Jerusalem, a constant flashpoint…

In Egypt, police fired teargas to force back several hundred pro-Palestinian demonstrators who had broken through a barricade in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, witnesses said…

In other words, it was just another ‘day of joyous celebration’ for the Palestinians.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Israel Attacked From All Sides On ‘Nakba’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Down with a head cold, I spent Sunday afternoon like a salted slug in the Barcalounger and kept slicking through o Fox and CNN and such to see what they would report on this violence on Israel. Wanna guess?

    Nada. Bupkus, Not one freaking word.

  2. beautyofreason says:

    Why is this problem considered just a conflict with Israelis and Palestinians? How are they considered “Palestinians” if they are Syrians or Lebanese? Or is “Palestinian” just a reference for any radical Muslim in the general region who wants to destroy Israel? Arafat was born in Egypt I think, but his cult of followers were big fans of the “right of return” – the right of Muslim hordes of any nationality to pour into Israel and declare war, by claiming prior ancestry.

  3. canary says:

    Get Back Jack, Glenn Beck just came back from Israel as this was going on when he was there and he he came back and had some big wig from Israel. Prior to going he showed Israel as our best show.
    Then the showed old black and white photos of NJ and Long Island NY with Americans with American flags protesting with NAZI flags. Obama, Rev Wright, Valerie Jarret, etc. would have loved it.

    First they came for the Jews… And Obama has not learned from history.

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