Global March to Jerusalem Today — UPDATED!

Debbie March 31, 2012 2
Global March to Jerusalem Today — UPDATED!

UPDATED: 31/03/2012: RT Reports : At least one person is reported killed as Israeli police use tear gas and water cannons against Palestinian protesters, marking Land Day also dubbed "Global March to Jerusalem." RT's Paula Slier reports from the scene.

 

Today is the much anticipated Global March to Jerusalem.

Could Jerusalem be captured peacefully this march?

George Galloway — The Real Deal

As Indian solidarity activist and GMJ architect Feroze Mithiborwala said, "…the objective this year is to see a million people peacefully march from Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Palestine to Jerusalem to raise the Global consciousness and political consciousness of the world."

 

PressTV report on GMJ in Lebanon

 

 

Palestine Land Day …Qalandia 30.03.2012 By haithmkatib@gmail.com

 

 

Activists take part in Global march to al-Quds in Australia

PRESS TV

A protest took place in Sydney on Friday in solidarity with international activists that are taking part in the Global March to Jerusalem al-Quds, or GMJ.

 

Sarah Colbrone: Stand in support of Jerusalem

 

 

Ehab Lotayef via riseup.net
 
 

The nine Canadian participants, from Vancouver ( Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta ), Hamilton ( Ken Stone, Nafez Al-Fajem, Ann Halubeshen & Khawla Ibrahim), Guelph (Eva Bartlett), Ottawa (Rana Hamadeh), Toronto (Ali Mallah) and Montreal ( Amir Masoumi); are driven by their support of the struggle against Israeli apartheid and against the illegal Israeli annexation of East-Jerusalem and the West Bank.

To talk to the Canadians participating in the march abroad please call:

Sandra Ruch (416) 716-4010
Ehab Lotayef (514) 941-9792
Viva Ibraham (647) 929-5227
Khaled Mouamar (416) 879-6766

For more information about the march:
http://www.gmj-na.org

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Joignez-vous à la Marche mondiale vers Jérusalem

 
La Marche mondiale vers Jérusalem (MMJ) est un mouvement innovateur à l’origine du mouvement de résistance civile pacifique qui se tiendra le 30 mars 2012 (La journée de la Terre palestinienne). La marche combinera les efforts de Palestiniens, d’Arabes, de musulmans, de chrétiens, de juifs et de tous les citoyens conscientisés du monde visant à mettre un terme au mépris du droit international que manifeste Israël en continuant à occuper Jérusalem et le reste du territoire palestinien.

La MMJ prévoie organiser des marches pacifiques de grande envergure vers Jérusalem ou vers l’endroit le plus près selon les pays impliqués. Ces marches auront lieu en Palestine (aux prises de 1948), en Cisjordanie et dans la bande Gaza) et dans les quatre pays voisins, soit en Jordanie, en Égypte, en Syrie et au Liban. Les participants étrangers se rendront dans l’un de ces pays en caravane en passant par l’Asie ou en avion.

Par ailleurs, dans le monde entier, des actions de solidarité auront lieu en appui aux demandes suivantes de la MMJ : la fin des politiques sionistes d’apartheid, de nettoyage ethnique et de judaïsation des territoires occupés.

La participation mondiale à cette marche confirmera au monde que ces politiques et pratiques racistes de l’État d’Israël contre Jérusalem et ses citoyens constituent un crime non seulement contre les Palestiniens, mais contre l’humanité tout entière.

Le Bateau canadien pour Gaza appelle tous les Canadiens de conscience à se joindre à la MMJ ou à l’appuyer comme ils le peuvent.

Pour de plus amples informations, pour participer ou appuyer la MMJ contactez : organize@gmj-na.org

 

You have to ask yourself: If I keep quiet , will it ever end?

Anthony Lawson

Please join the millions of decent people around the world who are crying out against Israel's ongoing persecution of the Palestinians. Send the link to this video to your elected representative and make sure he or she does something about it.

 

I Wanna Go Home – David Rovics

JERUSALEM for US All

 

 
By Sam Bahour and Fida Jiryis
 

www.haaretz.com

Today, with no resolution in sight to the historic injustices inflicted upon them, Palestinians in Israel and elsewhere use this day to remember and redouble their efforts for emancipation.
 
 

 

GLOBAL MARCH TO JERUSALEM
MARCH 30, 2012
 

Join the world to demand real change!

03-06-2012

We, the Advisory Board of the Global March to Jerusalem, are alarmed and deeply troubled by the continuing repression of Palestinians in Jerusalem and by the deliberate and systematic attempts to expel and reduce the Christian and Muslim Palestinian population of the city as part of the policy called “Judaisation,” which is being applied to every part of historic Palestine.

This policy is inconsistent with all relevant United Nations resolutions on Jerusalem and contrary to the most basic principles of international law. Its purpose is plainly to ethnically cleanse Jerusalem of its non-Jewish population and transform a once proud symbol of international tolerance and religious and cultural diversity into an exclusionary and racist enclave.

Jerusalem is our common universal heritage. It is the centre of spirituality and ideological significance for all of the monotheistic religions, and a beacon of emancipation and hope for the downtrodden. This historic city is venerated across the world for enhancing the spiritual heritage of all humanity; it has been a symbol of unity and equality, with a message of love, mercy and compassion.

However the entire world is now witnessing a threat to the sovereignty, sanctity and inviolability of Jerusalem. The plan is not only to destroy the Muslim and Christian presence, but also to change and dismantle the social structure of Jerusalem, obliterating its indigenous Arab identity and changing the character of the city.

The people of the world have therefore taken it upon themselves to prevent this abomination, by mobilizing themselves in every part of the world and representing all religious, humanitarian, and cultural backgrounds in a global march to Jerusalem (GMJ) aimed at guarding the City of Peace from becoming a wasteland of intolerance. We therefore lend our names to support the convergence of people from all countries and continents of the world to Jerusalem, and to the nearest points to which they are able to approach, both inside Palestine and at the Palestinian borders with Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, as well as in their own countries, in a peaceful march towards Jerusalem.

We therefore support this effort, and encourage all of humanity to support it, by making the pledge set forth below, that all participants in the Global March to Jerusalem have agreed to accept.

We assert the importance of Jerusalem politically, culturally and religiously to the Palestinian people and humanity as a whole. We call for the protection of the Holy Places and all archeological sites and consider all the efforts done to change its Arabic & cultural identity as a crime against humanity. We call on all international institutions to do their duties towards the city.

The defense of Jerusalem and its liberation are a duty of all free people around the world and we call on all institutions, organizations, and individuals to participate in this duty.

We condemn the Zionist campaign of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine including all ongoing policies intended to change the demographic and geographic situation in the city and aimed at its Judaisation. We also condemn the continuation of the Zionist occupation forces in building the apartheid wall that aims to expropriate more Palestinian lands and convert the occupied areas into shrinking cantons isolated from each other.

We support the right of the Palestinian People to self-determination, to liberate their lands and to live on them in freedom and dignity like all other people on earth.

We support the non-negotiable & inalienable rights of the Palestinian People, including their families, to return to their homes and lands from which they were uprooted.

We reject all racist laws that distinguish between people based on ethnicity or religion and call for their cancellation and criminalization.

The Global March to Jerusalem does not represent any one faction or political party, but we call for participation of all social forces, political factions, and ideologies.

The Global March to Jerusalem is a global peaceful movement, which does not use violence to achieve its goals.

Signed,

The Advisory Board of the Global March to Jerusalem (partial listing of names)

  • Shaikh Dr. Abdul Ghani al-Tamimi, poet and preacher; chairman of the Palestine Scholars Abroad
  • Abdullatif Arabiyyat, Former Speaker of the Jordanian Parliament
  • Swami Agnivesh, Founder, Bonded Labour Liberation Front and World Council of Arya Samaj, former member of the Indian parliament and former chairperson of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
  • Ahmad Obeidat, Former Jordanian Prime Minister & Head of the National Front for Reform
  • Dr. Ahmed Mohammed attia Bahar, Vice President, Palestinian Legislative Council
  • Tan Sri Anthony Francis Fernandes, Malaysian entrepreneur; founder and CEO, Air Asia
  • Dr. Anton Shuhaiber, Gaza Christian Association
  • Arnold Hottinger,Swiss journalist and publicist; former Middle East correspondent for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
  • H.E. Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebastia, Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Bouguerra Soltani, Algerian Government Minister and party leader for the Movement of the Society for Peace
  • Dr. Cornel West, Professor of African American studies. Princeton University; philosopher, writer and civil rights activist
  • Datuk Yasmin Yusoff, Malaysian actress and television host
  • David Hartsough, Director, Peaceworkers, San Francisco
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate
  • HE Dr. Dzukelly Ahmad, member of the Malaysian parliament
  • Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, Jewish German author, activist and publicist
  • Dr. Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law, University of Illinois
  • Dr. Franco Cavalli, oncologist and former leader of the Swiss Social Democrat Party parliamentary group
  • George Galloway, former Member of British Parliament and Founder of Viva Palestina
  • Dr. Ghada Karmi, Writer and Co-Director, Centre for Palestine Studies, University of Exeter
  • Gretta Duisenberg, Founder and Chair, “Stop the Occupation” (Netherlands), Free Gaza Movement Board Member
  • Dr. Hammam Said, Head of the Jordanian Consultative Council of the Muslim Brothers
  • Hilarion Capucci, Archbishop of Caesarea, Greek Melkite Church
  • Ibrahim Nasrallah, Jordanian-Palestinian Poet & Novelist
  • Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Prof. Judith Butler, writer and philosopher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Laith Shubeilat, Former Jordanian Parliamentarian
  • Lalita Ramdas, Chair, Greenpeace International
  • Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, Magsaysay Peace Award Recipient and anti-nuclear advocate
  • Dr. Leo Gabriel, Austrian socioanthropologist, journalist and documentary filmmaker; member, World Social Forum International Council
  • Fr. Louis Vitale, Order of Franciscan Monks; Pace e Bene; nonviolent resistor
  • Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Jewish Renewal Movement
  • Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, former Prime Minister of Malaysia
  • Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Marzuki Alie, Speaker, Indonesian House of Representatives
  • Marwah Daud Ibrahim, Indonesian feminist, writer and Member of Parliament
  • Medha Patkar, Leader, National Alliance of People’s Movements; Recipient, Right Livelihood Award, Goldman Environment Prize & Amnesty International Human Rights Defenders Award
  • Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative and President, Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees
  • Neta Golan, Co-Founder, International Solidarity Movement
  • Dr. Norman Paech, former Member of the German Parliament; professor of law, emeritus, University of Hamburg
  • Sheikh Raed Salah, President of the Islamic movement within the 1949 Ceasefire Line
  • Justice Rajinder Sachar, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court, Member, UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Senior Advisor & Counsel, People’s Union for Civil Liberties
  • Ronnie Kasrils, South African national liberation leader and former cabinet minister
  • Seema Mustafa, Syndicated columnist & former political editor, Asian Age
  • Prof Siddique Hassan, Director, Vision 2016 and Assistant Amir of the Jamat-e-Islami, Hind)
  • Subhi Ghosheh, Chairman, Jordanian Beitul-Maqdes Forum
  • Syeda Hameed, Columnist, The Indian Express, and Member, Indian National Planning Commission
  • HE Tony Pua Kiam Wee, member of the Malaysian parliament
  • Tujan Faysal, First elected woman Jordanian Parliamentarian
  • Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, Former Chief of the Naval Staff of India
  • Mrs. Wardina Safiyyah, Malaysian actress and television host
  • Dr. Yacoub Zaiadeen, Former Jerusalem Representative to the Jordanian parliament
  • Sheikh Yousuf Jumaa, former Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs; former preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque
  • Dr. Zakaria Agha, M.D., member, Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee; former chair, Gaza Strip Medical Association
  • Dr. Zeenat Shaukat Ali, Author; Vice Chairman and Founder Trustee of SAGE Foundation; Professor of Islamic Studies, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai

For information about GMJ- North America visit http://www.gmj-na.org
Contact us by email at organize@gmj-na.org or call +1 510-244-3518.
Contact media team at media@gmj-na.org

“Jerusalem for us All” ….. A powerful new album with 19 Songs by musicians from Palestine and around the world has just been released!

The album includes tracks from an amazing array of artists including Marcel Khalife, Rim Bana, DAM, M1, Sarah Gillespie, Stephan Said, and David Rovics…. to just name a few.

Dave Rovics has a great youtube video promotion here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTBJJZXJa9Y

To see the full listing of track titles and musicians, see
http://www.gmj-na.org/album.html

Download the album in MP3 format to listen on your computer or MP3 player or to transfer to audio CD from
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jerusalemforusall

Support the Global March to Jerusalem and enjoy terrific music in support of peace with justice for Palestine!

Yours in solidarity,
GMJ-NA Team
GMJ North America News
gmj-na-newslist@lists.riseup.net,

Other contacts are…

General Coordinator:

Dr Ribhi Halloum, Amman – Jordan

Mobile: 00962-795503395

Email: gmj1.icc@gmail.com

Media Officer & Spokesman:

Mr. Zaher Birawi, London – UK

Mobile: 0044-7850896057

Email: zkb2002@hotmail.com

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“The march will unite the efforts of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all citizens of conscience in the world to put an end to Israel’s disregard for international law through the continuing occupation of Jerusalem and the rest of Palestinian land…

“Our plan is to organize massive marches towards Jerusalem, or to the nearest point possible according to the circumstances of each country, in Palestine (the 1948 seizures, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) and the four neighbouring countries: Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon…In addition, mass protests will be organized in front of Israeli embassies in the capitals of different countries, or in the main public squares in the big cities of the world.

“The recent successes of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions are a reminder that this inspirational movement for nonviolent civil resistance was actually born in Palestine with the first Intifada. By renewing the struggle to liberate Palestine through a peaceful national mass movement that is supported by the global community, we aim to change the nature of the confrontation by compelling the occupiers to face millions of demonstrators demanding Freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem.”

As international caravans and delegations march toward the closest point to Jerusalem, other free people of world will gather in front of Zionistic embassies or gather in the main squares of cities, to show their solidarity with the global march to Jerusalem. So join us!

For live updates from the Middle East and North American local actions please follow the twitter accounts below and hashtag #GMJ

 

@VivaPalestina11
@GM2J
@GM2JPalestine
@sncolborne
@pscupdates
@road2tahrir
@EvaBartlettGaza
@stephansaid
@tighebarry
@mrabb
@intifadaAgency
@hasankarajah
@stopthewall
@deppenwebber

May the event be safe and powerful!

 

2 Comments »

  1. Robert H. Stiver March 31, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this superb posting, Debbie!  I was amazed and immensely gratified by seeing the entry " Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor Emeritus, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois, USA," among other notables signing the March 6th statement by the Advisory Board of the Global March to Jerusalem.  Dr. Wright has been my inspiration and my hero ever since the cowardly Barack Obama threw him under the bus in 2008.  God damn America…and Zionist Israel, indeed!

  2. Stuart Littlewood March 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Excellent overview.  I hope it goes far and wide, and in particular penetrates senior levels in every government that makes up our spineless international community.
    Time for a United Nations 'spring' to save this planet and restore our self-respect.

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