Israel's Neighbors Prepare 'Nakba Day' Events

In Lebanon, 500 buses will shuttle Palestinians from refugee camps to border in order to protest on day of mourning marking Israel's founding. Protests also planned along Egypt, Syria, and Jordan's borders with Jewish state.

Published: May 14th 2011
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Nakba Day events in Jaffa, Saturday

Israel's neighbors prepared to usher in 'Nakba Day' with mass marches along the border with Israel Sunday. Meanwhile, in Israel, police prepared to deploy backup forces throughout the country with officers trained in riot-prevention.


Many residents of Arab countries in which anti-government protests abound have used social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to call for a third intifada on May 15, the Palestinian day of mourning over the establishment of Israel.


In Lebanon, 500 buses have been enlisted to shuttle Palestinians from refugee camps throughout the country to its southern border with the Jewish state. Al-Akhbar reported that protest organizers had increased their order by 200 buses due to the abundance of participants.


Reports in Lebanon say the march will begin in the western city of Naqoura and head east towards Maroun al-Ras, one of the main battle areas of the Second Lebanon War.


In Egypt, protesters will gather at a bridge known as the Friendship Bridge in Ismailia and head towards the Rafah crossing, which connects Egypt to Gaza. Others plan to leave for the crossing from Cairo. Some say they intend to cross into the Palestinian enclave, but it remains unclear whether Egyptian troops will allow this.


In Jordan, Facebook-organized protesters say their aim is to come as close to the West Bank as possible, and in Syria demonstrators hope to reach the Quneitra crossing to the Golan Heights.


Settlers in the West Bank were also preparing Saturday, with the Samaria Setters' Committee saying it was planning to hand out Israeli flags at junctions.


"On Sunday we will proudly wave the Israeli flag everywhere in answer to the history that the Palestinian Authority and its PR agents on the Left are trying to create," says a letter by council chairman, Gershon Mesika.


Police will focus mainly on Jerusalem and the nearby checkpoints, for fear Palestinians from the West Bank will attempt to cross into the country. In the north, police forces will deploy at major junctions in order to prevent the blocking of roads and stone-throwing by protesters.


This article is reprinted from Ynet with permission.

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