Israeli forces open fire

2011-06-05 14:34

Majdal Shams - Israeli forces opened fire on Sunday as Palestinian demonstrators in Syria neared an Israeli border fence on the Golan Heights in a protest marking the 44th anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war.

Syria state television said two protesters were killed.

An Israeli military spokesperson in Tel Aviv said soldiers, who had been on high alert along the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers in anticipation of possible border-breaching protests, fired warning shots. He gave no casualty figures.

A Reuters correspondent at the scene saw at least four demonstrators carried away on stretchers by the crowd, but it was not immediately clear if they had been hit by Israeli gunfire.

Israeli soldiers shouted warnings in Arabic through a megaphone for the demonstrators to stay away from the barbed wire fence, which had been breached in a similar protest last month marking the anniversary of Israel's founding in 1948.

Thirteen people were killed on May 15 when Israeli troops tried to prevent thousands of Palestinians from overrunning its borders with Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

On the Golan Heights, captured by Israel along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 conflict, several dozen demonstrators gathered in an anti-tank ditch facing the Israeli frontier. They waved flags, shouted slogans and threw stones.

Hours before the violence erupted, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered Israeli forces to act with restraint, but with determination, to prevent any border breach.

There were no reports of incidents along the Lebanese frontier. In the occupied West Bank, about 100 Palestinian protesters marched to an Israeli military checkpoint, where soldiers fired tear gas and the crowd fled.

  • GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-05 14:48

    These Palestinians are stupid - they cross unarmed into another sovereign country whoses borders are protected by armed soldiers and what do they expect? Soldiers to allow them into the country? If you come to a gunfight with rocks you're gonna get killed - no god will help u.

      GetitRight - 2011-06-05 15:57

      No country allows their borders to be breached whether it is by woman, children or men. Greater understanding is necessary.

      Organist-1 - 2011-06-05 16:58

      ZA commentator, you are as ignorant and brainwashed as the rest of your class. Did you get a FF for history? Israel and Golan were given to the Israelites 4000 (four thousand- if you cant read figures) ago. It was stolen FROM THEM by the Philistines. It was only in 1948 that their stolen land was returned to them. Get real and grow up.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-05 17:35

      The United Nations doesnt think so - thats what counts - the Jews were living in Palestine way before muhamed was born. It was "stolen" in 1967 in a war started by the arabs - they lost the war and now they claiming the land was stolen when in fact it was won in a war STARTED by the arabs. Go get your facts checked. The palestinians are seem to be content living in misery for over 60 years - when will they learn that violence begets violence - those foolish group of people putting their fate in god and 72 virgins instead of using common sense.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-05 17:37

      ZACommentator : I did not see you make any comments here when 2 suicide bombers killed muslims in baghdad this weekend in a mosque! Is muslim on muslim violence ok? But let a US missile ACCIDENTLY hit a mosque then you and others of your kind will burn american flags but sit at home and enjoy american MILITARY technology like the Internet and GPS navigation!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-05 17:52

      Logic is not ZAs strongpoint. There are a multitude of countries on this planet who now have large chunks of land they did not have at their inception because of wars. It's called conquest. Also, the Arabs started the war, and practically every other war against Israel. They gambled, they lost. Short summary of all Israelie Holidays: "They tried to kill us, we won, lets eat."

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-05 17:56

      But i'm sure none of this matters to you in the slightest, ZA. I know your type. You see Israel itself as some sort of huge WRONGNESS in the world, not for what they did, but prob for who they are. From your comments, i can deduce that you'd be perfectly content operationg a concentration camp full of Jews in WW2 (and before you start, shut up, it did take place). Therefore any and all arguments against them, however flimsy, are good enough for you to use. However, the people you are backing will not stop at israel. They are already spreading and trying to subvert Western culture and beliefs (as well as others too) which is part of their entire belief structure. Israel, to them, is a blocking point. Nothing more.

      Kobus - 2011-06-05 18:25

      Its that classic one...don't bring a knife (or a rock or bottle) to a gun fight... You're bound to have your ass handed to you! Go Israel!

      Bontage - 2011-06-05 19:12

      Actually, it's worth pointing out that the first act of war in the Six Days war was an Israeli strike against the Egyptian airforce, following a massing of muslim troops by the Straits of Tiran. Regardless of that war, and indeed of any claim to the land in the Middle East, it does not excuse BOTH parties behaviour to each other (Israel's near destruction of cvilians a few years back, Muslim bombings etc). And to Martin du Plessis, let us not fall into a trap of saying that anyone who criticises Israel is automatically some kind of anti-semetic Nazi sympathiser. That kind of thinking gets us nowhere.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:48

      Bashar Asad and his ruthless regime use the Palestinians to divert attention away from their barbaric regime.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:58

      ZA Commentator, do yourself a favour, and everyone here, study the situation more before reaching a conclusion like that. You're wrong. Syria's brutal regime is manipulating the Palestinians for its own selfish aim: to deny Syrians the right to elect their leaders. You're allowing yourself to be manipulated and unwittingly you're enabling tyranny.

      slg - 2011-06-05 23:01

      Bontage, you have to look behind the presenting face. Syria and Iran are working the situation to their own advantage. Ask yourself: with the vast areas of land that make up these two countries, and the tiny, tiny piece of land that makes up Israel, and even smaller area needed by the Palestinians, why don't they work with the international community to create a homeland for the Palestinians?

      greensplash - 2011-06-06 01:51

      @SLG, Yes and why don't Israel also start working with the Palestinians to work out a fair distribution of land into two independent states, one for the Israelis and one for the Palestinians.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-06-05 20:21

    And in that day I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him , as one mourns for AN ONLY SON… Zechariah (Yah remembers) 12: 10. This is now beginning to happen, another sign we are in the very last of the last days!

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-05 20:47

      As much as I disagree with the palestinian way of approach - I have to say all these people who believe they are gods "chosen" people should come out smell the fresh air and get a damn REALITY CHECK! If God is exists he would certainly not favor one of his creations over another and certainly not send "prophets" to one part of the earth and not another.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:49

      Watchman, what rubbish. You've been lied to, and have bought the lie, hook-line and sinker.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:50

      Gonny I agree with you. It's beyond arrogant to believe anyone or group of people are the chosen race. Ironically it's what the Nazi's believed.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-06-05 20:45

    "Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel . They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off..." (v.11) "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel . Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live..." (v.12-14) Witnessing History in the Making - 500 people respond to an altar call at an outreach conference in Tel Aviv - Israel Last week we organized an outreach conference with an international evangelist and a friend of Israel , David Hathaway, who has ministered worldwide for over 60 years. This year he celebrated his 50 anniversary since his first ever visit to Israel in 1961. It was a very joyous celebration with the theme: Israel - yesterday, today and forever. He has a big heart and a big passion for Israel and the people of Israel and it was reflected in his message. 700 people attended the 2-day conference. Most of them NON-believers and many of the guests at the conference were an older generation, holocaust survivors and many other Israelis. For most of them it was the first time they had ever heard the gospel of a Jewish Messiah preached to them. Their response was overwhelming! We saw what a difference our social work makes. The love, patience and help to people does wonders.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:51

      Spare me the Sunday School Watchman. Reading it makes me puke.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-06-05 20:46

    We thank God that Voice of Judah is a ministry that continuously bears such fruit. It was genuinely a historic event; something that hasn't been seen in Israel in the modern days. To see countless of people coming forward to receive prayer for healing and the testimonies kept pouring in from people who were amazed to discover they were healed. Ezekiel 37:1-14 speaks about "dry bones", On the first night more than 300 people responded to the altar call, came forward to receive Yeshua as their Messiah! The second night 200 people also gave their lives to Yeshua. It has exceeded all our expectations! We have never seen such a large number of people in Israel responding to the message of Yeshua. We saw what a difference our social work makes. The love, patience and help to people does wonders. We thank God that Voice of Judah is a ministry that continuously bears such fruit. It was genuinely a historic event; something that hasn't been seen in Israel in the modern days. To see countless of people coming forward to receive prayer for healing and the testimonies kept pouring in from people who were amazed to discover they were healed. Ezekiel 37:1-14 speaks about "dry bones". When the British, American and Soviet soldiers liberated the concentration camps, many of them saw the same horrifying image that the prophet Ezekiel saw: valley, field or simply piles of bones and dead bodies.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:53

      Foolish people to sacrifice themselves in that way. They're just not aware of what they're actually doing.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-06-05 20:48

    The survivors that they found in the concentration camps didn't look any better. They were literally walking skeletons. But God made a promise and He kept it. He opened up the graves (concentration camps) and took His people out of there. He brought them into the land of Israel and restored the nation of Israel in 1948. Some of these holocaust survivors are still living among us and the world witnessed the fulfillment of the first part of the "dry bones" prophecy - the physical restoration of Israel . Last week at the conference we were awestruck to see God in action as He is fulfilling the second part of the prophecy - the spiritual restoration of the remaining generation of holocaust survivors. While many times the youth gets all the focus of what God is doing among the young generation, it was indescribable to witness how God made a point of showing that He is far from done with the older generation, when hundreds of people answered His call during the conference to restore them spiritually after restoring them physically as a nation. The Spirit of God was poured out mightily over the "dry-bones" generation last weekend and we have seen what has not been seen in Israel yet: the overwhelming response to an altar call of about 500 Israelis in Tel Aviv. It is a privilege to be living in these last days and see how God is fulfilling ancient prophecies right before our very eyes.

      slg - 2011-06-05 22:54

      There are no last days Watchman, unless you're 95 years old and reaching the end of YOUR life.

  • greensplash - 2011-06-06 01:49

    Whats interesting here is that the protesters were shot at while still on Syrian Land. Thats like the Palestinians shooting rockets into Israel.

      King Solomon - 2011-06-06 10:28

      Syrians were throwing missiles and firing guns at Israeli soldiers. Don't distort the situation for your own agenda.

      greensplash - 2011-06-06 12:03

      @King Solomon. You are the one distorting information: "They waved flags, shouted slogans and threw stones." Straight out of the article.

      GonnyVonYuri - 2011-06-06 22:03

      greensplash dont come with your lies here - i saw the video footage on al jazeera they had already crossed over into the buffer zone between the two borders and attempted to enter into Israeli - if you see a thief trying to climb your wall from Council property would u wait for them to come into your yard before you defend your property? damn Bigot

  • TheSteve - 2011-06-14 11:08

    Israel did indeed strike first, a few thousand desparate Israelites against whole of the Arab might, if I was Israel I would have also attacked, that was there only defence,waiting for the arabs to hatch there attack plans, would meant defeat and death for thousands of Israelites.

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