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Opinion Editorials, February 2012
The Global March to Jerusalem, the 36th Land Day and IMAGINE Revolution
By Eileen Fleming
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, February 13, 2012
The Global March to Jerusalem/GMJ commences on 30 March and coincides with the 36thanniversary of LAND DAY.
As“reality leaves much to the imagination” [John Lennon] I imagine the third intifada could finally erupt if those two events were joined into from every city, town and village throughout Israel by contingents of nonviolent residents who would pitch tents in nonviolent solidarity as global citizens of conscience amass on the borders of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria and all uphold The document of Principles “The Freedom Call”which ascertains the significance of Jerusalem politically, culturally and religiously to all Palestinian people and the global community.
The Global March
to Jerusalem’s Declaration of Principles underscores that the GMJ does not
represent any one faction or political party but calls for participation
from all social forces, political factions and ideologies to respond to the
call for justice united in a peaceful movement that steadfastly refutes the
use of violence to achieve goals.
The eyes of the world will view Israel’s response but when the eyes of the leaders of the world see the right of the Palestinian People to liberate their land and live in freedom and dignity; the holy city of Jerusalem could be a City of Peace and the Holy Land could be whole indeed.
But, for that imagination to even approach reality we must know, honor and learn from history.
The GMJ aims to rattle the conscience of the world and seeks“to end the Zionist policies of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation, which all harm the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem…
“The march will unite the efforts of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all citizens of conscience in the world to put an end to Israel’s disregard for international law through the continuing occupation of Jerusalem and the rest of Palestinian land…
“Our plan is to organize massive marches towards Jerusalem, or to the nearest point possible according to the circumstances of each country, in Palestine (the 1948 seizures, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) and the four neighbouring countries: Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon…In addition, mass protests will be organized in front of Israeli embassies in the capitals of different countries, or in the main public squares in the big cities of the world.
“The recent successes of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions are a reminder that this inspirational movement for nonviolent civil resistance was actually born in Palestine with the first Intifada. By renewing the struggle to liberate Palestine through a peaceful national mass movement that is supported by the global community, we aim to change the nature of the confrontation by compelling the occupiers to face millions of demonstrators demanding Freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem.” 
LAND DAY commemorates the killing of six Palestinians, wounding of 96 and arrests of 300 on 30 March 1976, when Israeli forces reacted with violence to a spontaneous peaceful demonstration by Palestinians over the confiscation of 5,500 acres of their land which Israel had classified as "closed military zones" for“security and settlement purposes.”
My Land Day Experience:
On Land Day in
2006, just after the break of dawn, a group of Israeli Jews and I traveled
three hours north of west Jerusalem to the lower Galilee municipality of
Sakhnin, an Arab village whose land continues to be grabbed and colonized by
"I am opposed to
the occupation and as an Israeli Jew I want to see justice for all and I
refuse to be enemies with anyone."
"No one knows what is going on inside, but it may be a nuclear reactor. The
municipality asked the army to develop in another direction for there is a
school over there too. The Israelis are allowed to expand anywhere, but the
people of Sakhnin are not allowed permits to builds on their own land.
Israel has confiscated nearly 85 percent of the territory within the Green
Line from Palestinians. Most of this land was taken from the 750,000
Palestinian’s who were made refugees when they were evicted or fled in fear
during the 1948 war.
authorized the theft of the property of a million Arabs, seized by Israel in
The Development Authority is an independent body empowered to sell, buy, lease, exchange, repair, build, develop and cultivate Palestinian property and none of these transactions can take place without a Jew or a Jewish entity!
Furthermore, provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention have unquestionably condemned Israel's settlement activities and demanded the ceasing of "all" settlement expansion by Israel.
In 2005, the Israeli separation wall was deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice and described in a UN report as a “creeping annexation” with confiscation of the most fertile of Palestinian land and water sources. Israel has effectively “wiped Palestine off the map” by ethnically cleansing the indigenous population from over 500 villages.
Israel calls‘independence’ what Palestinians call Nakba, which translates to catastrophe, and it created over 700,000 refugees in 1948 who are still denied the right to return to their homeland.
continues due to USA policy that favors and shields Israel like no other
state in the world.
The leaders of the international community led by US policies and pressure have turned a blind eye to more than 6 million people whose basic human rights have been denied for over six decades.
Israel's illegal settlement expansion and land confiscation continues unabated because of US vetoes in the UN and an 'occupied' Congress.
In 2011, Congress remained mute when Israel outlawed commemorations of Nakba and began punishing their citizens who support Boycott, Divestment from and Sanctions on Israel until Israel ends the occupation of the indigenous people.
The Jewish people have a long history of oppression and the tenants of Judaism are rooted in social justice issues.
America was founded by agitators, rebels and dissidents who essentially told the King of England to back off this land.
Governments of America and Israel bridge the gulfs that separates their
actions from democratic ideals; and when politicians uphold equal human
rights for all people; a just peace- which is the only way to security could
reign in the region- but that requires enormous political and good will.
Decades of creative nonviolent resistance to the evil of injustices inflicted by government policies and ideologies of superiority have led to this 30th of March.
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." –Jimi Hendrix
And the power of the peace-full is a force that NO government forces can put down.
Common Sense calls for an End to the Occupation and Equal Human Rights for All.
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