Palestinians test tactic of unarmed mass marches

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    RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian activists are calling it a preview of new tactics to pressure Israel and win world support for statehood: Masses of marchers, galvanized by the Arab Spring and brought together by Facebook, descending on borders and military posts — and daring Israeli soldiers to shoot.

    It could prove more problematic for Israel than the suicide bombings and other deadly violence of the past — which the current Palestinian Authority leadership feels only tainted their cause.

    After attempted border breaches from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza left 15 Palestinians dead Sunday, Israeli officials openly puzzled over how to handle an unfamiliar new phase.

    "The Palestinians' transition from terrorism and suicide bombings to deliberately unarmed mass demonstrations is a transition that will present us with difficult challenges," said Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

    "There is a new energy, a new dynamism," said Hanan Ashrawi, a former Palestinian negotiator. "The Palestinians feel they have put themselves on the map again."

    Sunday's marches occurred on the day Palestinians mourn Israel's 1948 creation, when hundreds of thousands of their people were uprooted and scattered throughout the region.

    Marking the anniversary, called the "nakba," Arabic for "catastrophe," Palestinian organizers bused hundreds to Lebanon's border with Israel and to the Syrian frontier in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. Surprised and overwhelmed, Israeli troops fired to keep the crowds from breaching the borders. Four Palestinians were killed in the Golan and 10 in Lebanon, while a 15th was fatally shot as dozens rushed Israel's border wall with the Gaza Strip.

    Ex-general Yossi Peled, who commanded Israeli troops on the Lebanese and Syrian borders, said border breaches will likely be attempted again and must be stopped at any cost — regardless of the political fallout — because they pose a direct challenge to Israel's sovereignty.

    "Yesterday's promo leaves us little time to draw the conclusions and come up with a new method of warfare where Israel will confront unarmed civilians, children and women," he said.

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    Arab men hiding behind women and children is nothing new.
     
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    Israel shooting up women and children is nothing new.
     
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    I see absolutely nothing wrong with no violent protest and frankly have been waiting on something like this for what seems like decades....but alas, its not new at all, its new for them.

    And it will not last, the hardliners will never ever take a back seat to this, not for long.

    They will crush and kill, any moderating influences in their midst, like clockwork and this will die on the vine sadly.
     
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    And if finding a joo home on the way - murdering its inhabitants, of course. But I digress. Masses of marchers, descending on borders and military posts and daring Israeli soldiers to shoot may invite a meeting with mass-response contraptions that those Masses of dumbass misfits won't like at all, que arab "international law" babble.
     
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    What's a "Joo"?
     
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    You would think after years of dicking around with Israel,which has never worked out remotely in the Palestinians favor,they would just sit down and start really talking.

    If one person blows up,it will foil this tactic ,let alone Israel will never let a mass group of people to cross their boarders without a forceful challenge.The Palestinians have detonated 1 to many suicide bombs for any trust that would allow a demonstration to cross the boarder.
     
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    Israel murdering unarmed civilians and women and kids with illegal explosives is nothing new either.
     
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    Not so. The Palestinians have been doing non violent protests for years. They are approved by and participated in by all factions.

    BTW, who would you call hardliners?
     
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    Embracing pacifism and non-violence is the only way the Palestinian people will shake off their chains; they've got nothing else to lose but that.
     

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