Soldier guards Arab protest Fri. near Hevron
Soldier guards Arab protest Fri. near Hevron Israel news photo: Flash 90

The IDF has dug trenches and erected barbed wire at sensitive border areas to prevent any attempt to infiltrate on "Naksa Day” Sunday. 

Israel mobilized thousands of soldiers at the Syrian and Lebanon borders even though Lebanon also has deployed its army to prevent a confrontation that could break out into hostilities.

The strong presence of the Israeli military, couple with diplomatic frowns from the United States and doubtful enthusiasm from the Arab general public, may turn “Naksa,” the Arabic term for “setback” and referring to the Arab world's failure in the Six-Day War in 1967, into a public relations setback.

As of mid-morning, all remained quiet, including Judea and Samaria where Palestinian Authority leaders last week said they would lead a march towards Jerusalem. Two dozen Syrians were turned back at the Syrian border in the morning, and no injuries were reported.

The Naksa Day campaign coincides with the secular date of the Six-Day War 44 years ago and was designed to highlight the Arab world's demand that Israel allow five million foreign Arabs to immigrate, based on the claim that Israel is their home by virtue of their families having fled the country in 1948 and 1967.

Most of the Arabs, classified by the United Nations as “Palestinian refugees,” live in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. The countries have denied them rights of citizenship and equality, while the United Nations has taken responsibility for housing and educating them.