Israel’s security forces are gearing up for huge “Land Day” protests, expected to take place along the Gaza Strip’s security fence on Passover Friday, putting additional units on alert out of concerns that large numbers of Palestinians might try to break through the barrier and rush into Israel.
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: You can add this one to the list of ever-growing events that will be taking place on or around the 70th anniversary of Israel being regathered in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Palestinians, incensed over the fact that Israel has returned to the land that is rightfully theirs, are beginning a series of protests that will begin on Passover tomorrow and continue all the way to…wait for it…May 15th, 2018. One day after the 70th anniversary of regathered Israel takes place. One day after the United States officially opens the new embassy in Jerusalem that Trump already declared to be the capital of Israel. One day could just be “that day”…and the rocket ride to 70 blazes forward.
Earlier this month, Palestinian groups announced plans for a six-week-long “March of Return,” including the construction of a tent city across from the Gaza security fence, and called on tens of thousands of Gaza residents to participate in what they described as a “peaceful protest.”
The “March of Return” is set to begin on Friday with “Land Day,” which marks the Israeli government’s expropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee on March 30, 1976, and the ensuing demonstrations in which six Arab Israelis were killed. It is also, by coincidence, the eve of the week-long Passover holiday.
The protests will continue until May 15, the day after the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, which Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or catastrophe.
While organizers said the protest is meant to be peaceful, the army is preparing for the demonstrations to resemble the violent riots that have taken place along the Gaza security fence on a weekly basis since December, when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. These weekly protests generally involve young Palestinian men burning tires and hurling rocks or Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops on the other side of the barrier.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, the riots have also been used as cover for Palestinian terrorist groups to place improvised explosive devices along the border. In one such case, a bomb disguised as a flagstaff was placed on the fence and seriously injured four Israeli soldiers when they tried to remove it the next day.
To prepare for the expected protests, additional army battalions, Border Police units, and dozens of snipers will be deployed along the Gaza border on Friday, in order to keep demonstrators from crossing, a military source said.
In addition, police officers will be stationed a bit farther back, in order to keep back any Palestinians who breach the first line of defense, according to the source. Additional teams of IDF soldiers will also patrol the Israeli communities closest to the border, the Ynet news site reported on Monday.
Besides the added boots on the ground, the security forces are also likely to again deploy drones that can drop tear gas on protesters on the Gaza side of the border, a technique that the Border Police tested earlier this month.
According to Palestinian media, the IDF has sent bulldozers into the buffer zone between Israel and the Gaza Strip in order to clear the area of debris. Israel’s Hadashot news also reported that these bulldozers put in place additional barbed wire fencing on the Gaza side of the security barrier.
These Land Day and Nakba Day protests are held annually, though this year the military believes they could be more intense, in light of ongoing tensions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — both between Israel and the Palestinians and between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. In addition, Palestinians have been infuriated by the United States’s plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 15. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which regularly sees increases in violence by Palestinians, also begins on May 15. source