Monday 16 May 2011

A minor catastrophe day

At least one person was killed and dozens were wounded as IDF soldiers tried to prevent nearly a thousand Syrian Arabs invading the Golan Heights during Nakba Day protests. Syrian troops at the border did not prevent the infiltration.

Analysts had predicted that Syria might allow the crossings to draw the attention of its citizens attention and participation away from the ongoing rebellion in the country and the regime’s harsh crackdown on civilian protestors.

At the same time of the Nakba protest, Syrian soldiers a shot and killed a women and wounded five others, including a Lebanese soldier, during a protest against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Hundreds of Syrian Arabs have crossed into Lebanon to flee Assad’s security forces who have already killed nearly 800 demonstrators.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas marked “Nakba Day” by reiterating his hard-line positions on future control of Jerusalem.

Abbas, who is praised as a “moderate” and Israel’s best hope for peace, played to the West’s view of him on Saturday by declaring he believes in the two-state solution. However, he told a group of Palestinian dignitaries in Ramallah on Saturday that he would never accept a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas demands the “right” of millions of “Palestinian refugees” to take up residence both in a future Palestinian state and within the borders of sovereign. “The Palestinian leadership will never give up the right of return”, he said.

Flooding Israel with millions of Arabs claiming refugee status was a goal his predecessor and mentor, Yasser Arafat, readily admitted. If successful, such a strategy would demographically destroy the Jewish state.

So long as Abbas clings to these demands, no Israeli government will ever sign a final status peace agreement with him.

Marking Nakba Day in Tel Aviv, an Arab truck driver went on a rampage through the streets of Tel Aviv, killing one person and injuring at least five more.

The 22-year-old driver reportedly smashed into parked and moving vehicles in the heart of Tel Aviv for more than a mile before coming to a halt when he rammed a bus (pictured).

A 40-year-old man who was sitting in one of the parked cars that was hit died of his injuries.

Witnesses said that after hitting the bus at the end of his rampage, the driver leapt from his truck and began shouting and hurling objects at people nearby. In the process, he injured a young Jewish girl.

Following his arrest, the driver told police that the incident was a simple traffic accident caused by a blown tyre.

Some commentators say the violence was not as great as expected.

Doesn't the fact that we can breath a sigh of relief that a day of violence, on which less people are killed and injured than we expected, tell us something about the Palestinian people?

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