Nakba Demonstrators Make Their Way Across Border to Israeli Controlled Area

Posted on May 16, 2011


This is video shot on May 15, 2011, as dozens of Palestinian and Syrian demonstrators crossed into Israeli occupied Syrian territory in the Golan. As the demonstrators make their way to the fence, people on the Israeli side are yelling at them to stop and turn around, apparently because they are literally crossing into a mine field.

The Nakba [Tragedy] Demonstrations, which are held every year throughout the Palestinian Diaspora and within the Occupied Territories, to commemorate the dispossession of Palestinians in 1948 during the founding of the Israeli state, were coordinated this year through social networking and activists networks, apparently influenced by the “Arab Spring” movements in Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and elsewhere. This year, the Nakba demonstrations were also being called the “Third Intifada”, so we’ll see if it sparks a wider protest movement.

The video comes from Electronic Intifada, which linked it from Baladeenet. It doesn’t show the attack from Israeli soldiers which resulted in the civilian deaths.

Here’s Al Jazeera’s footage, which honestly doesn’t make the incident clearer, and does not show [or at least not clearly, the shooting or any incidences of life-threatening violence].

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