Jordanian Arabs scuffled with anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian Authority Neturei Karta members in the Global March on Jerusalem rally Friday. No one was injured.
Neturei Karta is a small fringe sect that attracts much publicity from wire service photographers, following its activities from the United States to Iran in its campaign against the establishment of the State of Israel. The sect's hassidic dress makes it easy to generalize and make them seem more important than they are. The group joined approximately 30,000 Jordanian Arabs in the protest that failed to reach a significant percentage of the 1-2 million people that organizers promised.
American, European and South African activists attended the rally, and most of the Arabs were Muslims against the regime of King Abdullah II. The country’s Muslim Brotherhood leader, Hammam Said, told the demonstrators, “Volunteers from around the world have come to Jordan to demand the end of occupation and returning Palestinian rights to their owners. They have sacrificed thousands of martyrs and prisoners so far.”
A measly turnout in Lebanon was augmented by foreign protesters and Arabs from UNRWA villages, who were transported by buses to protest points. Three Neturei Karta agitators also were there.
Lebanese soldiers prevented them from reaching the border with Israel.
Hizbullah terrorist leaders joined the demonstrators, and one Hizbullah sheikh said, "The nation's right to the whole of Palestine is not dead.
"Palestine is not waiting for the Arab summit or international decisions. The Palestinian nation relies on the guns of fighters in Gaza, in Ramallah and in Bint Jbeil,” a village near the Israeli border and which was a key battle site in the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
The entire episode, part of the much vaunted and little noted March on Jerusalem, fizzled out after a short while.