H/T Challah Hu Akbar
The South-East Asian delegation to the Global March to Jerusalem is currently touring Iran.
It will then travel to Turkey, from where – according to the organisers – the delegates will take a passenger ferry to Lebanon, with the intention of reaching Israel’s northern border (or as they term it: “ the border of old Palestine of 1948″).
As Michael Totten observed whilst travelling to southern Lebanon to research his 2011 book ‘The Road to Fatima Gate’:
“…we had effectively left Lebanon and arrived somewhere else. Neither government soldiers nor police officers were allowed down there. The Shia-majority cities of Nabatieh and Tyre behind us were within the government’s jurisdiction, but the only authority near the border with Israel was Hezbollah. Tehran had more sovereignty there than Beirut did.”
It is clear that any delegation of foreign visitors intending to mass on Israel’s northern border needs Hizbollah approval and permission in order to do so.
On March 14th a Hamas delegation headed by Mousa Abu Marzouk (deputy leader of the Hamas politbureau) met with Hizbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut. According to Al Manar (which is Hizbollah-run) the Global March to Jerusalem was among the subjects discussed.
“Hamas delegation also informed Sayyed Nasrallah about the preparations of the Global March to Jerusalem, organized by Lebanese parties and Palestinian factions on March 30, 2012 on Earth Day.”
However, this is not the first evidence of collaboration between Hizbollah and the GMJ organisers. The Meir Amit Intelligence & Terrorism Information Centre reported that according to the Lebanese media outlet As Sapir, Hizbollah was represented by Sheikh Abd al-Majid Omar (also Ammar) at a GMJ meeting held in Beirut on February 21st 2012 at which representatives of the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad were also present.
GMJ organisers (including Hamas-linked Zaher Birawi and Mohammed Sawalha as well as Feroze Mithiborwala and Nabil Hallak) also met with Lebanese organisers of the 2011 border infiltrations.
An earlier report also reports that according to the Lebanese website Al Markazia, “local committees were appointed in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon to deal with organizing and supervising the march.” The figure heading the organization of the committees in the camps is Munir Maqdah from Ain al-Hilweh who was also involved in the organization of the 2011 Naqba and Naqsa Day events.
Maqdah has given interviews on the subject to various outlets:
“On February 11, 2012, he told the Lebanese website Al-Markazia that ‘thousands of our people will go to the border with Palestine. Extensive preparations are being made to organize marches of the return on Land Day, March 30, 2012.’ He added that they were ‘peace marches,’ whose objective was to ’emphasize the right of return.’ He claimed that following the failure of the negotiations with Israel, the event would initiate a third intifada, whose first sparks would be lit on Land Day.”
“Interviewed by PNN, Munir Maqdah (indirectly referring to the events of Nakba Day 2011) said that whoever killed a [Lebanese] citizen on the Israeli border would [himself] be killed. He said after the negotiations with Israel had stalled, the events planned for Land Day might signal the beginning of a third intifada, in which all options to ‘realize Palestinian rights” were open, including an armed struggle.’
Munir Maqdeh (also Mounir al Makdah) is often described as a Fatah commander. He is a former member of Arafat’s ‘Force 17’ and the founder of the ‘Black September 13 Brigades’, established in opposition to Fatah’s signing of the Oslo Accords. In December 1999 Maqdeh was among those (including Abu Qatada of the UK) implicated on suspicion of intention to attack Israeli and American targets in Jordan in the so-called ‘Millennium plot’ and in 2004 was sentenced to death in absentia.
During Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, documentary evidence was found of Maqdeh’s involvement in the transfer of funds (presumed to originate in Iran and possibly transferred via Syrian intelligence) to terror organisations such as the Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade operating out of PA controlled areas.
Maqdeh was dismissed by the Palestinian Authorityfrom both his post as Fatah leader in Ain al-Hilweh and membership of the PLO in February 2010. Together with some 2,000 men from his militia, he defected to Hizbollah, apparently undergoing training by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Here is an interview with Munir Maqdeh from 2009 and below another from 2006.
In a 2011 interview with Al Manar, Maqdeh stated that:
“…the Resistance was the only road to liberate the land and restore the rights. He stressed that Fatah movement has never abandoned this choice, and described it as sacred. He said in contrast that negotiations with the Zionist enemy were absurd and useless.”
The collaboration of Global March to Jerusalem organisers with a known terrorist figure such as Maqdeh with his Iranian and Hizbollah links once more indicates that the march’s ‘peaceful popular protest’ meme is nothing more than a public relations exercise to soften its image and increase its appeal to gullible Western audiences.