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Monday, May 16, 2011

Social Networking: Facebook Takes Netanyahu by Surprise

Nadene Goldfoot
Palestinians are fighting in a new way.  They have connected with each other on Facebook bringing about massive almost nonviolent protests.  By doing this they are trying to win international sympathy for their cause of  overtaking Israel.  This is coming about because of the Palestinian's determination to go to the UN General Assembly to get them to recognize a Palestinian state in September without Israel's input. 
The Palestinians were able to approach Israel's guns without being armed.  Their leader said that those who threw rocks at the police or IDF or homes failed to attend workshops on nonviolence.  This is their "new paradigm for the conflict."  This method seemed to bring down dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia so they're trying it on Israel.

Egypt and Jordan do have treaties with Israel and tried to block the demonstration.  Lebanon is hostile so the demonstrators were able to ease their way into Israel's military zones.  Damascus had their hands full with their own problems.  The marchers were made up of older women and men and students.  Two days before, George Mitchell had resigned as the special envoy for peace and this seemed to stir the crowd up. 

The protestors have forced Hamas and Fatah to join together and now they think they have a new way to get Israel to do their bidding.  Nonviolence is their new method.  The goal is to get the international community to turn against Israel by getting them to violate human rights. 


Follow-up: 5/17/11: The White House accused the Syrian government on Monday of inciting deadly border clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian demonstrators, saying Damascus was trying to distract attention from its own violent crackdown on protests. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Israel "has the right to prevent unauthorized crossing at its borders." (Reuters)

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