This Friday, “activists” in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan plan on breaching Israel’s borders as part of an event dubbed the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ). Organizers claim the GMJ is necessary to raise world awareness of “the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem.”
The outcome of the march will likely end up only deflecting international public attention away from serious global issues, such as Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and Syrian’s daily massacre of its own population – nearly 10,000 killed in recent months – rather than demonstrating Israeli “apartheid,” Palestinian statehood, or anything else.
Is it not absurd that while the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad butchers thousands of his own people in the streets, the organizers of GMJ have chosen to protest against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East?
The GMJ presents Israel with a uniquely difficult situation. Jonathan Schanzer of the U.S.-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies summed it up in a recent piece in the Weekly Standard: “Should the organizers have their way, this will be a messy affair. If Israel fires upon the marchers, it will be a public relations victory. The organizers already know this is likely.”
It should come as no surprise that GMJ organizers seem to be hoping for a violent confrontation with Israel. Senior Hamas figures sit on their central committee, and Iranian parliamentary member Hussein Sheikholeslam is the organization’s secretary.