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Friday, April 01, 2011

What those 'third intifada' Facebook pages are about

MEMRI has a lengthy post about the 'third intifada' Facebook pages like the one that was taken down earlier this week. They all call for all 'Palestinians' to arrive in Israel on May 15. And they are far from non-violent (Hat Tip: NY Nana via PJ Tatler).
Over the past weeks, a number of Facebook pages have been launched calling on the Palestinians in Israel and abroad to hold mass demonstrations on May 15, 2011, the 63rd anniversary of Nakba Day (the establishment of the State of Israel). The plan is for millions of Palestinian refugees to march en masse in return to the original homes of their families in Israel. The campaign is being referred to as "The 2011 March of Return," "The Palestinian Refugees' Revolution," "The Advance of the Millions," and even "The Third Palestinian Intifada." Some of the Facebook pages stress that the activities are meant to be peaceful and unarmed, while others hint at violence and armed resistance. As of this writing, the Facebook pages promoting the initiative have more than 350,000 "likes" and members, though it is unclear how many of these are Palestinians and where they are from. Additionally, following a period of silence on the part of Palestinian officials, the initiative has gained the support of the PLO Department of Expatriate Affairs, which has called on Palestinians living abroad to participate in the march and to publicize it among the Palestinian communities and organizations worldwide.[1] The administrators of the Facebook pages have posted timetables to coordinate the event and called for the information to be circulated among Palestinians and their supporters everywhere, while stressing the moral and legal right of the refugees to return to their homes. Calls were also made for demonstrations and sit-down strikes in the Palestinian territories along the borders with Israel, and in Jerusalem.
Note that they don't worry about the 1949 armistice lines or any other 'borders.'
The page called "The Palestinian Refugees' Revolution,"[5] currently with more than 5,000 "likes," posted a message from the "Preparation Committee for the Revolution of the [Return] to the Homeland": "We will reach out our hand and build a bridge that will bring us to our green land, to our territorial waters, to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, to our desert,... to the beautiful Galilee, to Jerusalem, our proud capital, to the neighborhoods of Nablus, Ramallah, and Jenin, to the hills of Lod and Ramla, and to all the [other] places... We will return, and soon. Long live our cause. May the state of the sons of Zion fall. We will die, but Palestine will live. Palestine is ours."[6]

The Facebook page "The Third Palestinian Intifada,"[7] which, within weeks of its launching, has almost 340,000 "likes," posted a message saying: "Palestine, how we have neglected you. Forgive us and forgive our sons for this. You have always inspired us to be steadfast in the struggle to keep you a free and Arab [land],... as you [always] were and always will be... After the Tunisian, Egyptian, and Libyan intifadas, the time has come for the Palestinian intifada. The first Palestinian intifada was in 1987 and the second in 2000, but the third Palestinian intifada [will commence] on May 15, 2011."[8]

It should be noted that, while urging the public to join the mass demonstrations on May 15, the page administrators also hinted at a coming war on the Jews and called on the readers to prepare for martyrdom. For example, they posted a well-known hadith, which states that the Day of Judgment will only come after the Muslims fight the Jews and vanquish them: "The hour [of Judgment] will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. All the trees and all the stones will say: 'Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him - except for the Gharqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews." The site administrators remark, "That is why the Jews have been planting a lot of Gharqad trees lately!". In another message, an administrator states: "Paradise calls you. I ask everyone to come out on May 15. Do not say 'I can't.' For once [in your life], at least, do something to help the Muslims... Martyrdom calls you."
And there are some very detailed plans.
The page administrators have suggested detailed plans of action to be implemented before and during the May 15 march, stressing that all activity is to be non-violent. The info page of the "Palestinian Refugees' Revolution (The Advance of the Millions)" said: "We can recruit millions to march in eight fronts, in order to confuse the enemy and [force it to] divide its forces. The [fronts will be:] the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Inside Palestinians [i.e., Israeli Arabs], the refugees in Lebanon from the Lebanese border, the refugees in Syria from the Syrian border, the refugees in Jordan from the Jordanian border, the refugees of Europe via the sea in hundreds of ships, and international activists, [who] can demonstrate their solidarity from the Sinai front. Our Egyptian brothers... can support us by [organizing] a march of five million Egyptians, which will advance toward the Palestinian border from Sinai, under the slogan of peaceful solidarity with the rights of the Palestinian people... It would be best for the marches to be lead by old men and women who witnessed the Nakba. They do not lack enthusiasm to participate in and realize the dream of their lives – to be buried in the soil of their homeland. We must [also] recruit as many foreigners [i.e., non-Arabs] as possible from across the world to lead the marches, in order to create difficulty for the Zionists..."

Regarding the manner in which the march was to be conducted, the page said: "We must keep this activity free of all ideological and factional [conflict]. We must hold up the Palestinian flag only, so that the presence of [various] factions will not be used [against us] by the Zionists and the West. We must make sure that the [march] proceeds peacefully, without arms, with slogans in all the languages [emphasizing the] human [aspect of the struggle], such as 'I Want to Return to My Home,' and while holding aloft the keys of the homes from which our families were exiled... We must completely avoid slogans like 'Destroying the Zionist Entity' or 'Throw [the Zionists] into the Sea,' so as not to turn the world against us, and in order to rally [everyone around] the goal, namely to return to the homes from which we were expelled, nothing more. That is a human and moral slogan that can rally all the people of the world to our assistance."
And by the way, it's supposed to have started already.
One page called to stage a "march of millions" on Land Day (March 30, 2011): Muslim and Christian Palestinians will set out from Ramallah and Bethlehem to pray at Al-Asqa and at the Tomb of the Sepulcher in Jerusalem.[16] The "Third Palestinian Intifada" page posted a plan for the Friday following Land Day (April 1, 2011), calling on all the Palestinian residents of the West Bank to march on the settlements and stage a day-long protest there, and on all the Israeli Arabs to march on Jerusalem and stage a day-long demonstration in front of the "Jewish settlements" in the city.[17]
So far, no indication that has happened.

What could go wrong?

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3 Comments:

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a Facebook page to "non-violently" prepare for a "just and peaceful and final solution to the Palestinian problem" by "resettling and peacefully concentrating" the "unassimilated Palestinian populations currently suffering within the geographic boundaries of the British Mandate" with their "natural and pre-existing national and liberated communities thriving in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon."

After this preliminary work, the "international community" could implement the "peaceful, legal norms of international justice pioneered by the Palestinian national leadership and Palestinian jurisprudence during the 1930's, the 1940's, and the Palestinian national revival under Chairman Yassir Arafat", applying "the creative, peaceful, and positive solutions for national communities championed by Palestinian legal theorists in collaboration with the jurists of National Socialism, the Soviet democracies, and the Turkish revival and already applied peacefully to such communities as Jews, Armenians, Copts, etc."

 
At 1:04 AM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Carl, thanks for the hat tip. Seeing the Memri info was a real eye-opener, as now we know exactly what they were saying. That they are still up speaks of what a JINO Zuckerberg is. He certainly has enough people working for him that should be looking for these hate sites and removing them, and also ban any of those who post them for life. And they are still there as of nearly 6 PM Friday. And the threats in those hate sites? Many can be called threats of real violence.

 
At 3:59 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

They are simply sites promoting the uprising of the Palestinian people against the Zionist regime. All they want is their land back, and no they shouldn't have to compromise because you feel like the Jews need a place to stay. The west slaughtered the Palestinians to put the Jews there in the first place and Palestinians have since been fighting back. I hope the world realizes the injustice Palestine has suffered.

 

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