Golan protest toll increases

2011-06-06 13:14

Beirut - Syria said 23 people were killed in Sunday's protest near the Golan Heights, when Israeli troops fired at Palestinian demonstrators who marched to the frontier fence.

Official news agency SANA quoted Health Minister Wael al-Halki as saying the death toll included a woman and a child, adding that another 350 people suffered gunshot wounds.

Three weeks ago Israeli soldiers shot dead 13 Palestinian protesters who tried to breach Israel's frontier with Lebanon and Syria during protests marking what Palestinians call the "catastrophe" of Israel's founding in 1948.

Sunday's protest was held to mark the 44th anniversary of the Arab defeat in the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel captured the Golan Heights, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians want to establish a state.

Palestinians in Syria marched down from a hilltop overlooking the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Sunday to the Israeli frontier, which before last month had been mostly peaceful for decades.

Israel has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of allowing the Golan protests to try to divert the world's attention from his bloody suppression of the popular revolt against his authoritarian rule.

Israel is concerned that protests by unarmed demonstrators are a new tactic for Palestinians, adopted from popular revolts in the Arab world, to draw a violent response and gain more sympathy internationally for their cause.

  • Zanu - 2011-06-06 14:53

    Only 23 dead while hundreds try and jump the border illegally and frantically tring to murder Israeli’s… its like a Zombie movie!! Well done again Israel for showing restraint against these terrorists. Surrounded by these hot tempered religiously brainwashed individuals im surprised Israel didn’t kill them all.

      Zee - 2011-06-06 15:38

      Disgusting comment Zanu - whilst I don't condone the killing of anyone on either side, I find it atrocious that you are actually happy that people were killed while protesting peacefully. Israel's use of force is so disproportionate it's laughable, yet not funny at all. They are a law unto themselves. Showing restraint? By killing 23 people? Please man. It's as crazy as what's happening in Syria and Libya - gun-happy crazies that want total control.

      shew - 2011-06-06 16:07

      hey zanu, i am just curious .... has israel ever done anything in your opinion that may not be 100% morally correct. Anything? Ever? I eagerly await your response, preferably a one word answer: yes or no

      Zanu - 2011-06-06 16:25

      Yes Shew Some that comes to mind... use of Human Shields, Lands Mines in Lebanon and the use of white phosphorus against Hamas in 2009. However I must stress... that as much as Israel makes mistakes, so too the list is long (er) with the Palestinians. One has to remember that this is the first time in History that the "stronger" side of a conflict has been so abused in Israel proper and abroad by war and propaganda. Any other nation... but I mean ANY OTHER NATION, that would face the same threat of annihilation from a neighbour for so long would of been wiped out long ago, whether it was the US, Brazil, Australia or Turkey... hold on Turkey did wipe out the Armenians and Kurds... Anyways… what I am trying to say is that If Israel puts down its weapons there would be no more Israel, If the Palestinians put down their weapons there would be reconciliation… it cliché… but unfortunately the truth.

      Zanu - 2011-06-06 16:34

      Zee… don’t put words in my mouth… I was just quoting Hamas’s Charter, “We love death as much as Jews love life.” If the Palestinians were peaceful people then they would have had peace decades ago. It is of no surprise that the Arab streets across the Arab world are dripping with blood. The demonstrators are violent, and the regime forces are even more violent. Israel, a democratic advanced state has to live with these retards… so no I don’t blame them for using force to stop force. You might prefer Israeli’s dieing… but I guess the Israeli army does not agree with you. Long live freedom… freedom from Fundamentalists and their appeasers like you Zee.

      shew - 2011-06-06 17:13

      @Zanu. From a Jew to a Jew: It saddens me how one-sided Jews can be in their assessment of things. The reason why there will never be peace with the Palestinians is because BOTH parties are so filled with hate they cannot think straight. They are BOTH guilty of repeated crimes against humanity. BOTH parties have regard for morality and human life to the extent only that it is their own. BOTH parties spew propaganda that is believed only by their own. In summary they are both driven by fanatic fundamentalist ideology and the sad reality is that they deserve each other

      Zanu - 2011-06-06 17:34

      You can’t have Genocide or ethnic cleansing if the Palestinians are not dying in mass like the Holocaust, Rwanda, or Congo... or even the way Kadafi is killing his own. If anything Israel has always wanted and voted for peace. Palestinians attacks, deaths and their use of terrorist activity is a war crime done by Hamas!? Israel has a 20% Muslim population who earn a better living then any of their neighbours... who vote and live anywhere in Israel... if anything your comment of human rights atrocities are more true to Israel's neighbours rather than Israel... If the Palestinians stop terror and vote to live in peace with Israel, then all this pathetic propaganda will disappear into history... I’m glad most normal people are able to see above all this blind hate towards Israel. If they truly wanted peace, they would have had peace generations ago. However, their hate blinds them, and their religion proclaims them to fight till the end, and their leaders ride the gravy train to Swiss bank accounts on their own people's shoulders…and this is the difference between the Israeli’s & Palestinians, VALUE FOR HUMAN LIFE

      Zanu - 2011-06-06 17:35

      Peace could have been achieved several times in the last 60 odd years, if it was not ruined by a small number of bad leaders (Arafat) that rode the gravy train while their people suffered on Israel's self defence policy. Today Hamas/ PA are so financially rich that any advances in peace with Israel would mean an end to financial support from Iran / US, EU, World bank; respectively. And lastly, I might have lived in the Middle East for 8.5 years… but I am no Jew… I am a Christian who has experienced way to much in this lava burning land… but I will again disagree with you – cause I find Israelis & Jews themselves to be their own biggest enemies and critiques most of the time.

  • DeonL - 2011-06-06 15:48

    Not so clever to celebrate a lost battle in walking into another country. What did they expect?

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