Global March to Jerusalem, Ismael Patel, Friends of Al Aqsa & Muslim Brotherhood

Ismael Patel’s ‘Friends of Al Aqsa‘ organization from the UK recently put out an advertisement for a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London on March 30th, as promoted earlier by the PSC’s Sarah Colborne.  

The demonstration is described in the publicity as “part of the Global March to Jerusalem” and is advertised as being called by the Palestinian Forum in Britain, the Muslim Association of Britain, the Association of Palestinian Community, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Stop the War Coalition, the Islamic Forum of Europe, the British Muslim Initiative, Viva Palestina and of course, Friends of Al Aqsa.

(Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed incidentally that the ‘Friends of Al Aqsa’ web-page upon which this advertisement appears also carries advertising at the bottom for charities connected to the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘Union of Good’ (headed by Yusuf Qaradawi) which is proscribed by the United States and Israel due to its funding of Hamas.)

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‘Global March to Jerusalem’: An Attempt to “unravel the Zionist edifice”

The following essay was originally published at The Jewish Press

The Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) on March 30 (a date which commemorates what’s known as Palestinian Land Day), is a high-profile provocation involving groups of international “activists” who intend to set out from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt and converge upon Israel’s borders demanding the “right” to reach Jerusalem.

Concurrently, they also plan to “besiege Israeli embassies over the world”

The broader aims of GMJ, according to the project’s official website, are as follows:

 “[To] end the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and [racist]…Judaisation policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem… [which] is a crime not only against Palestinians but against all humanity”

The site further claims that their efforts “will ward off Israel’s threat to world peace through the ‘Judaization’ of the holy City”.

The organizers are a conglomerate of individuals and groups representing the ‘red-green alliance.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, the government of IranHezbollah, Islamic JihadWestern Islamists, the extreme left, and radical NGOs have united with the aim of engineering a PR disaster for Israel and advancing their long-term assault on the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

However, the broader goal of GMJ needs to be understood, and certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who understand the malevolence of those involved in such delegitimization campaigns.

One of the organizers of the march wrote the following in an email to a fellow activist about their intentions:

 “The point is that how do we build a movement that compels the governments of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon & Syria to let us in (which is easy) & then let us march across the borders into Palestine, challenging the Israeli army…Imagine a situation where we have more than a million people streaming in from four borders & Israel fails to stop the human tide. Once we have broken this mental barrier, then it’s all over. Next time we will have 5 million who will be marching in & it will only grow from there. This is exactly the nightmare situation for Israel.  Thus [we] will undermine the Israeli state, like no other strategy & then it will all begin to unravel & the Zionist edifice which is unraveling as we speak, will soon fall. It’s a matter of time now, as we well know.”

Unlike other such campaigns in the past, such as the “Nakba Day” protests on Israel’s borders last May, GMJ doesn’t even attempt to maintain the veneer of fighting for Palestinian rights

Obviously Israel, like any other sovereign country, can’t permit mass infiltration of its borders, especially by terrorists and other enemies committed to its destruction. The results are therefore likely to be even graver than the violent consequences of the organized Syrian attempt to infiltrate Israel’s northern borders in June 2011 – an event which marked the 44th anniversary of the Arab “downfall” in the Six Day War, known as “Naksa Day”.

The GMJ event also needs to be seen in the context of the recent International Conference for the Defense of Jerusalem in Qatar (Feb 26-27), where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, addressing attendees during the first day of the conference, called on Muslims to go to Jerusalem and confront Israel’s accelerated efforts to “Judaize the city”. Abbas reportedly even claimed that Israel intended to destroy the Aksa Mosque.

As with the 2nd Palestinian Intifada, which claimed over 1000 Israeli lives between 2000 and 2004, and which was largely precipitated by calls from Palestinian leaders to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque (which they claimed was under Israeli attack), the cynical exploitation of issues relating to Jerusalem always has the capacity to incite Palestinians, and provoke riots, violence and bloodshed.

Such potentially dangerous conflagrations clearly represent scenarios the march’s organizers are counting on.

Radical Canadian Jewish group endorses Global March to Jerusalem to prevent ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem

On February 28th 2012, Independent Jewish Voices Canada announced its endorsement of the Global March on Jerusalem and the sending of a representative to take part in the project.

“IJV Canada will be represented at the Global March by Vancouver Chapter member Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, author of Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation. Maxine will travel to Jerusalem to join the event in person.”

Clearly reflecting the Islamist rhetoric and incitement used by some of the march’s organisers and supporters – as well as their rejection of a negotiated two-state solution – IJV Canada states in its press release:

“This year, Palestine Land Day is being marked by a Global March to Jerusalem, an International non-violent event to demonstrate solidarity with Palestinians and to protect Jerusalem against the Netanyahu government’s efforts to “Judaize” it.”

“Participants will demand freedom for Jerusalem and an end to Israel’s apartheid policies, regional ethnic cleansing, and attempts to Judaize the city by driving out Palestinian inhabitants.”

“It is hoped that the event will be a turning point in the ongoing crisis by forcing the government of Israel to face the marchers’ demand of freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem.”

Welcome to ‘Exposing the truth about the Global March to Jerusalem’

Welcome to the ‘Exposing the truth about the Global March to Jerusalem’ website.

As was the case in previous years, a series of high-profile publicity stunts aimed at undermining Israel’s legitimacy are planned for the coming months.

The first major event is scheduled to take place on March 30th, 2012 and is named ‘The Global March to Jerusalem‘ (GMJ).

'Global March to Jerusalem' website

The concept behind it is to have a million people marching on Israel’s borders from all the surrounding countries – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt – with the aim of reaching Jerusalem. Concurrently, demonstrations are planned in the Palestinian-administrated territories and against Israel’s diplomatic missions in major cities throughout the world.

Recognising the need for detailed advance information about the individuals and organisations behind this project, CiF Watch created this website as a resource for bloggers, journalists, policy-makers, members of the law enforcement community and the general public who seek to learn more.

Exposing the truth about the 'Global March to Jerusalem' website (http://gm2j.co/)

Extensive research into the march’s organizers demonstrates that the Global March to Jerusalem is a result of collaboration between members of the extremist Left, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, and has the backing of the Iranian government.

Whatever your field of interest, we hope that you will find the information gathered here useful. The website is, of course, a work in progress and will be updated as new information comes to light and events unfold.