Friday, March 30, 2012

Global March on Jerusalem fiasco round-up

1 Palestinian killed, dozens injured in clashes; Israeli police, border patrol arrest 34 activists during protests in east Jerusalem and Bethlehem; IDF: Real tests still to come on Nakba, Naksa, Prisoners' Days.

(JPost) One Palestinian was killed and dozens of pro-Palestinian activists were injured when protests marking Land Day turned violent in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday.

Despite the widespread clashes between Israeli security personnel and pro-Palestinian protesters in the West Bank and Gaza, the IDF expressed satisfaction with the day's occurrences overall and indicated that none of the incidents were out of the ordinary.

IDF Spokesperson Brig.- Gen. Yoav Mordechai expressed satisfaction with how the army coped with the protests, saying that "overall, none of the incidents were out of the ordinary."

He added that IDF-PA security coordination helped contain the protests. Security forces in Palestinian cities did not allow the demonstrations to spread," he said.

With an eye to the future, Mordechai said that "the real test will come during the Nakba- and Naksa- Day protests as well as Prisoners' Day, which will be very tense.