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Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, March 30.
Sebastian Scheiner/AP Courtesy Christian Science Monitor
Israel reduces casualties from 38 to only 1 in stopping Arab insurgency against Israeli borders. This year in Gaza- 37 injured and only one death; In Judea and Samaria, 34 arrests, no deaths, only several injuries.
Jonathan Kay on the ‘Global March to Jerusalem’: Hateful ignorance on parade
National Post (Canada) Mar 28, 2012
Why did these soldiers not know the way to the holiest place in all Judaism? Because none had ever visited it. When the Jordanians ruled Jerusalem, Jewish visitors were persona non grata, and many synagogues were bulldozed. . . .
“The march will demand freedom for Jerusalem and its people and to put an end to the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem,” the Global March to Jerusalem web site informs us. “We aim to highlight the cause of Jerusalem (the City of Peace) which is considered the key to peace and war in the region and the world. The march will confirm that the policies and practices of the racist Zionist state of Israel against Jerusalem and its people are a crime not only against Palestinians but against all humanity.” . . .
Jews and Arabs likely will continue to fight over control of Jerusalem for many years. But let us dispense with the idea that the Israeli presence amounts to a “racist” desecration of an otherwise “peaceful” city. If the moral battle between Jews and Arab were fought on the basis of who governed Jerusalem in a more tolerant and civilized fashion, the victor would not be hard to choose. Read more
Rioters Hurling Firebombs at IDF Forces in Bethlehem
One PA Arab dead in Land Day protests in Gaza. by Eldad ben Ari in Israel National News
Soldiers opened fire after he tried to approach the Erez Crossing.
An Israeli army spokesman said in response that one PA Arab man approached the Erez crossing before soldiers opened fire. The spokesman added that forces acted within the rules of engagement, firing warning shots and then directly targeting him when he refused to stop.
Earlier Friday, Arabs began hurling firebombs and stones at soldiers near the Kalandia checkpoint north of Jerusalem.
The riots began after Friday afternoon Muslim prayers – often a starting point for violence – when dozens of masked Arab youths began rioting at the checkpoint.
Soldiers responded with teargas and deployed the "Skunk" – a vehicle loaded with canons spraying a noxious-smelling liquid. A machine that transmits high frequency sound waves was also employed.
A video uploaded to the IDF Spokesperson's YouTube channel showed rioters in Bethlehem hurling stones and firebombs at an IDF watchtower.
‘2-million-strong march to Jerusalem’ fizzles; anti-Zionist rabbis attacked at Jordan protest
by Elhanan Miller on March 30, 2012, The Times of Israel
A series of rallies across the Arab world that were meant to draw two million participants for a so-called “Global March to Jerusalem,” and which had Israeli authorities heavily deployed at potential border hotspots, fizzled on Friday to localized demonstrations in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
While Israel’s northern and eastern borders remained unthreatened, and the rallies in neighboring countries were largely peaceful, there was violence at the Jordan event: Local media reported that four American ultra-Orthodox rabbis from the extreme anti-Zionist Neturei Karta movement were beaten and verbally abused by local participants at the start of the event. They were rescued by other participants. Neturei Karta members also joined a rally in Lebanon.
JooTube spoke with Neturei Karta leader Rabbi Dovid Yisroel Weiss when they protested with Muslim anti-Zionists outside Prime Minister Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama at the White House on March 5th. The extremist sect, Neturei Karta interprets that a sovereign state for Jews must be established by the Messiah, and so they don't accept modern Israel as the official Jewish state. The problem is that they sell their endorsement to haters of Jews ruling Israel at all - at any time. Here, leader, Rabbi Dovid Yisroel Weiss discusses why his group is in Washington, in the anti-Israel frontlines along with hard-left and Islamist anti-Zionists, opposing AIPAC and opposing Prime Minister Netanyahu's command invited meeting with Pres. Obama inside the White House we're standing before.
On March 30, the NK "Rabbis" who profess here that the Muslims who hate Israel don't actually hate Jews - were flown (presumably by Muslim "Israel-haters") to participate in the Arab, anti-Israel, "Land Day" rallies from Lebanon and Jordan. They took part in the march against Israel's borders and carried signs reading: "Judaism demands the liberation of Jerusalem and all of Palestine." In Jordan, though, at the start of the event, their professed Muslim "comrades" revealed their true-colors, and attacked the "rabbis," both verbally, and beating them physically. Israeli commanders commented at the end of the day that, although all the country’s borders remained intact and Palestinian mobs were prevented from breaking through to Israeli areas, as they had planned in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, the turmoil may not be over. Only thousands turned up for pro-Palestinian street demonstrators in Israel and its Arab neighbors, a mere fraction of the March of a Million that was planned jointly by Iran, Hizballah, Syria and Jihad Islami, Tehran’s tool in Gaza. The beefed up IDF military concentrations will therefore remain in place on guard against fresh outbreaks around Israel’s borders with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian areas up to and during the eight-day Passover festival beginning Friday, April 6. The Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has cancelled Passover leaves for key combat units and ordered them to stay on operational readiness. - from DebkaFile IDF and Hamas battle Jihad Islami snipers trying to provoke Gaza warfare