Israeli Military On Alert After Friday Prayers

Friday May 20, 2011 14:49 by Kevin Murphy – IMEMC and Agencies

According to Israeli media group, YNet, the Israeli military has been employed to the border with Syria in the Golan Heights and declared the area a restricted military zone. The action was taken in fear of a repeat of last Sunday’s Nakba demonstrations in which thousands of Palestinian refugees marched to the Israeli border in Lebanon and Syria demanding a right of return to their homes. YNet reports that the measure is in effect until midnight tonight.

Facebook Page of Third Intifada Group
Facebook Page of Third Intifada Group

Military sources expressed a concern that left wing Israeli’s would seek to join potential marches today in the border areas. The military was also put on high alert around the Temple Mount after Friday prayers today in fear of protests related to the killing of 16 protesters during Nakba by the Israeli military.

The “Third Palestinian Intifada” facebook page has called on those involved in last week’s demonstrations and others to undertake similar protests in the coming weeks and months. The page, which rallied a lot of the support for last Sunday’s Nakba protests, stated that it will be announcing more protests for early June. The page administrators expressed optimism in the aftermath of last Sundays protests, that Palestinians had embraced social networking as an effective mobilisation tool.

While social networking has been successful in pressuring reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, as demanded by the recently launched “Palestinian Independent Youth Movement”, West Bank bloggers have bemoaned the underutilisation of pages like Facebook and Twitter by Palestinians to mobilise for protests.

The Jerusalem Post, reporting from a conference titled “Palestine in the World of New Social Media – a Culture in the Making” in Ramallah last week, stated that organisers were frustrated that though Palestinian’s had much further access to the internet then Egypt, this has not resulted in similar outcomes in terms of social uprisings.

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