Defense Minister Ehud Barak told senior commanders of the Israel Defense Forces, Thursday, to be ready for any scenario on Friday, when Israeli Arabs mark Land Day, the 36th anniversary of violence that accompanied protests by Galilee Arabs over expropriation of property by the state. Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino told his commanders to raise their alert levels.
While there are no specific warnings, Arabs and other Muslims will be converging on Israel's borders, including residents of the Palestinian Authority in what has been billed as a March on Jerusalem. Land Day is traditionally exploited for anti-Israel violence. Danino called on local Arab leaders to demonstrate responsibility and not let extremists create unnecessary provocations.