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Refugee 'return rallies' planned for June
Published Saturday 21/05/2011 (updated) 23/05/2011 11:19
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Masses of Palestinian refugees will march to Israel's borders and ceasefire lines again on June 5, organizers of the May 15 "return rally" said.

On Sunday, 14 protesters were killed when Israeli forces opened fire on thousands of refugees trying to return to their land in Israel.

The May 15 rallies were held to mark Nakba Day, the anniversary of Palestinians' expulsion from their homes and villages as the state of Israel was established in 1948.

Israeli soldiers shot dead 10 Palestinian refugees trying to cross Lebanon's border into Israel. Troops shot dead four refugees trying to enter the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Hundreds were injured when Israeli forces fired tear-gas grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians rallying at Qalandiya checkpoint, which separates the occupied West Bank from Jerusalem.

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager at a simultaneous protest at the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

The committee organizing the "return rallies" said Saturday that the May 15 protests were "just the beginning."

In a statement, the group called on all Palestinian refugees living in exile to march peacefully to the borders of historic Palestine on June 5.

The date marks the anniversary of the 1967 war, when Israel occupied southern Lebanon, the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

Thousands of refugees will march to the ceasefire lines in the West Bank and Gaza as well as borders with Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, the committee said.

"The Israeli occupation should remain on alert because rallies will not stop until Palestinian refugees return to Haifa, Haffa, Al-Majdal, Bi'r As-Sab and all occupied Palestinian towns," the statement added.

The group urged Palestinian lawyers to file legal proceedings against Israeli officials for the killing of non-violent demonstrators on Nakba Day.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International called for investigations into the killings.

"In a too-familiar pattern, Israeli troops responded to stone-throwing youths with live bullets, with predictably deadly consequences," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

She added: "The evidence shows a disturbing disregard for protesters' lives."

Amnesty International said Israel used "excessive force, killing and maiming individuals who were not posing a threat to the lives of the soldiers or others" at the protests.
1 ) southparkbear / usa
21/05/2011 14:06
hehehe, and the bullet will march into the $$$ of those who touch the fence

2 ) Lukas / AntiZionist
21/05/2011 14:29
Israel behaves like the lunatic state it is. The world's number one rogue state.

3 ) Self-Defense & Return are BOTH / Rights
21/05/2011 16:35
When Hamas broke through the Egyptian border, the front lines
were women carrying babies: Hamas soldiers are cowards !!

Egypt could afford to let them through, since
- they posed no immediate threat, and
- the Sinai Desert served as buffer, between Egypt's Raphia and Egypt proper.

However, conditions are exact opposite for Israel, so if Palestinians again choose their soldiers, from unarmed, women, children, & babies, and send them to the border, ISRAEL WILL DEFEND & BE BLAME-LESS.

4 ) Nour / One-State
21/05/2011 17:04
What will Israhell do when millions march on its borders from three directions? Use nuclear weapons? Lethal gases? All will backfire. Nothing will stop the return of Palestinian Arab refugees to their revived nation of Palestine - from River to Sea. The deceased 2-state solution was but a diversion used by the Zionists to steal more land.

5 ) Impidel / Usa
21/05/2011 17:50
To Nour: All Israel has to do is mine the borders with anti- personnel mines. End of marches. There can be no "revived" nation of Palestine, by the way, because there never was an original nation of Palestine. The whole concept, name and border are creations of the British foreign office and the "nation" never existed at all. Israel is growing and strong - look at it's growth rate, it's employment, it's birth rate, it's science. These marches are pathetic.

6 ) ABE / USA
21/05/2011 18:26
To Nour 34, You are a dreamer, They will NEVER return to ISRAEL. They will settle in a Palestinian state.

7 ) Robby / USA
21/05/2011 19:58
Easy way to handle it: Ask Assad and Qhaddaffi to provide security.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/05/2011 21:45
To southparkbear #1 'hehehe, and the bullet will march into the $$$ of those who touch the fence' That's exactly what those of us who think Israel is an abomination are counting on. He he he, indeed. Keep laughing, guy.

9 ) Alex / USA
21/05/2011 22:16
They're not refugees. Stop pretending that the "refugees" are in fact, refugees. Secondly, they aren't protesters. Protesters don't mass at borders and demand to take over another sovereign country. They are soldiers in a demographic army hell-bent on destroying another state. Anyone who supports the Right of Return supports genocide of the Jewish people because we all know that the Right of Return means civil war or worse. Make no mistake about that.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/05/2011 04:42
To Abe #6 'To Nour 34, You are a dreamer, They will NEVER return to ISRAEL. They will settle in a Palestinian state.' In the long run you're right, of course. The Palestinian people will recover their homeland, and it will no longer be called 'Israel.'

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/05/2011 04:45
To Alex #9 'They are soldiers in a demographic army hell-bent on destroying another state. ' Ah. Once you've worked out THAT definition, then it becomes okay to kill them! I get it! Gosh, you're clever... 'Soldiers in a demographic army, indeed...' This is actually one of the arguments Hitler used.

12 ) Vic / Australia
22/05/2011 05:58
Arab delusions of grandeur. Only it is the Arabs who keep the so-called refugees in a state of poverty and depression. Lebanon passed laws forbiding Palestinians who have settled in their nation from taking up citizenship or having equal rights with their fellow Lebanese. Jordan ran most of the Palestinians out of the state and killed approximately 900 PLO fighters and 4,500 Palestinian civilians during the short Black September massacres. Egypt bars Palestinians to enter Egypt and on and on...

13 ) Ashraf / USA
22/05/2011 06:56
To all the Zionist posters. Nour is right. Not only do your arguments not make sense bu your delusions will turn in to utter despair. Not only will the refugees return but the state of "Israel" will not exist. The only solace I can give you Jews is to tell you that you persevered for 6,000 years. You just won't have a state. Give it a decade or so.

14 ) Niva dos Santos / Brazil
22/05/2011 07:22
FINALLY! The Palestinians Spring is about to start!! No mad-zion-dog like the Southshit wanna stop this!! They can bark to the hell, but will be uselless!!

15 ) Janna / Palestine
22/05/2011 08:17
The "borders" with Syria and Lebanon are actually also ceasefire lines.

16 ) Salma / Palestine
22/05/2011 08:22
Our massage that we will return, we will start to implement laws of right of return, NO ONE can stop us.

17 ) Lukas / AntiZionist
22/05/2011 08:32
Looks like the Hasbara brigade was sent here. They are indeed refugees and their families are victims of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. The right of return is a universal human right for all peoples.

18 ) david / usa
22/05/2011 10:00
TYPICAL, all these jew boys hiding behind the good old USA. what will israel do when it finds no more protection from uncle sam ? shape up or ship out........ robby-abe-impidel are hiding behind the usa label and a keybord. lamers......

19 ) sylvia / uk
22/05/2011 16:11
I'd like to quote your beloved bible to all you jews/jew lovers who post on
here -"as you sow, so shall you reap". Well it's all happening now boys -
(funny that - you do all seem to be boys!). Israel has sowed and sowed for
63 years, never satisfied - a typical jewish trait - and SOON it will be time
for the reaping!

20 ) ABE / USA
22/05/2011 19:09
To Colin #10 , Just another dreamer! ISRAEL will be here long after you and I are after thoughts!!

21 ) Robby / USA
22/05/2011 19:37
13 ) Ashraf / USA - "Not only will the refugees return but the state of "Israel" will not exist." - other then political rhetoric do you have anything to substantiate?

22 ) Impidel / Usa
22/05/2011 19:44
David, Why don't you go fight against Israel? You sound so brave. For your information, I am an Israeli citizen and did my service and although I am past the age for reserve duty, my children will serve. It is easy to type the word "'Jew boy" isn't it. Make you feel tough? Israel is getting stronger and richer and there is nothing you can do to stop it - look at the growth rates! a few antipersonnel mines will rapidly take care of this nonsense.

23 ) Robby / USA
22/05/2011 20:02
18 ) david / usa - "robby-abe-impidel are hiding behind the usa label and a keybord. lamers......" - how did you come to that conclusion? Where did you type your comment from?

24 ) ABE / USA
22/05/2011 22:29
To Robby #23 Well said. You really can't hide anti-semites! their anger and hatred shines through!!

25 ) Phil / UK
22/05/2011 23:02
19) So you like to quote the Bible. I will tell you something based on the Bible. Genesis 12:3 to be precise. Because of what the world is doing against Israel. The next couple of years will see you more worried about how you will survive tomorrow than what's going on over there. Already the drought is drying the land of food exporters. The crops are going to fail big time! Revelation 6:6. When it happens remember I gave you that warning from Jesus Christ who is the God that dictated the Bible.

26 ) Lukas / AntiZionist
22/05/2011 23:05
Hey, #22, tell us about your work to spread hasbara on Internet sites. You are an American citizen and yet you claim the right to stay in Israel at the expense of the Palestinian refugees that were ethnically cleansed. You should be ashamed of yourself.

27 ) Robby / USA
23/05/2011 01:17
19 ) sylvia / uk ""as you sow, so shall you reap" - Is the Arab world punishing the Palestinians by denying them rights for 63 years? Is that the reason the Syrian government is slaughtering it's own people? Are they "sowing what the reap"?

28 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/05/2011 05:47
To Abe #20 'ISRAEL will be here long after you and I are after thoughts!!' Not at the rate she's going. Actually, having shot all those protesters on Nakba Day, she's now faced with a Hobson's choice if they march in June. Either she shoots again -- and does even more to make herself a pariah -- or she doesn't shoot, and shows weakness in the face of Palestinian resolution. Israel couldn't be doing more to destroy herself if she was trying. It's very pleasant to watch.

29 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/05/2011 05:53
To Impedel #22 'I am an Israeli citizen and did my service and although I am past the age for reserve duty, my children will serve. ' Fortunately, you still haven't realized where the battle is being fought, and what are the weapons. Go ahead -- get more guns. They won't help. For starters, note where you are posting from. NOT Israel.

30 ) Ashraf / USA
23/05/2011 06:55
21) Robby USA - Its actually quite simple 1) demographics, Pals will be more than Jews. 2) Israel's main backer (to the tune of 150 Billion in the last 50 years) is spending itself into bankruptcy and will have to dismantle the empire, making Israel a strategic liability rather than an asset. 3) Up until this point Israel has reached its climax in terms of power and hegemony while the Arabs and Muulims were weak. Now, with the Arab awakening the Arabs are getting stronger at Israel's expense

31 ) Robby / USA
23/05/2011 16:26
30 ) Ashraf / USA - so you are predicting the Arab awakening will result in several powerful Arab countries in 10 years and they will want to destroy Israel? I would hope the result would be progressive leadership, which will deal with real problems (lack of jobs and population explosion) instead of constantly diverting people from their real problems. You may be right, these revolutions might end up like Iran.

32 ) Impidel / USA
24/05/2011 03:11
Lukas, Who said I am an American ? I am an Israeli citizen living in the USA. Yes I feel sorry for the grandchildren of those millions of Hindus forced to leave Pakistan in the 1940s and the grandchildren of the millions of Greeks kicked out of Turkey in the 1920s but I don't support letting them return to Turkey or Pakistan. To the rest: We are getting stronger and the Arabs are eating each other alive. When the oil runs out, the Arabs will add sand to their diet!

33 ) Ashraf / USA
25/05/2011 09:54
31) Robby - it's always the same patronizing attitude making it sound like Arabs are inferior, barbarian, etc. World War II (over 40 millionnnnnnnnnnn dead). The Muslims didn't have a dog in that fight. The state of israel will no longer exist because it can never come to terms with the fact that it was founded on the land of the indigenous population. Even if Jews are right and israel BELONGS to them it does not justify the oppression.

34 ) Robby / USA
26/05/2011 02:26
33 ) Ashraf / USA "it's always the same patronizing attitude making it sound like Arabs are inferior, barbarian..." Did I say/imply that? That was not my thoughts or intent. IMO Arab leadership is oppressive and brutal. I said if they are overthrown(a big IF) I would hope the new leadership would tackle today's real problems (jobs, poverty, women's rights, etc), not deflect from them. Assad and Saleh blame their uprisings on foreigners, Ahmadinejad says Europe is stealing their rain, etc.
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