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3rd intifada feared as border fights surge
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Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu watches President Obama
More mass Palestinian protests are being planned as analysts worry the clashes could turn into the basis for a third intifada, or uprising of violence against Israel, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The move is being spurred by the demonstrations and violent deaths on the recent May 15 “al-Naqba” day on the Lebanese and Syrian borders with Israel. That day is called “the catastrophe” by Palestinians, because it is the anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.
The May 15 violence resulted in the deaths of 14 young Palestinians who reportedly climbed over fences into Israel on its borders with Lebanon and Syrian and were killed by Israeli snipers.
Sources said additional grassroots protests among the Palestinians and others who back them are being planned June 5 to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War when Israel took over the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights after being attacked by its Arab neighbors. These are areas which the Palestinians today want back to form a Palestinian state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on a visit to Washington last week, flatly rejected President Obama’s proposal to return to pre-1967 borders as a basis for the creation of a Palestinian state. Sources say Obama’s comments and Netanyahu’s public rebuke of the U.S. president’s proposal are serving as a catalyst for what is expected to be even larger Palestinian demonstrations at the pre-1967 green line between Israel and the land Palestinians want for a new nation-state.
Sources say that the demonstrations on Naqba Day appear to have been a “game-changing event” and are gaining momentum to coincide with the general Arab uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Just like the Arab uprisings, these people went out to demand their basic rights, which in this case was the right to return home,” one Lebanese observer of the Palestinian demonstrations said.
He rebuked the Israeli claim that the Syrians or the Iranian-backed Hezbollah had instigated the demonstrations of young Palestinians to divert attention from Syria’s internal situation.
“Israel is actually diverting attention away from the real problem – occupation,” he said. “There now is a determined Arab street full of determined youngsters who have liberated themselves from fear and who are showing that they are no less attached to Palestine than their older generations.”
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