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    Clashes Mark Palestinian Land Day

    Palestinians throw stones at Israeli troops, Kalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem, Ramallah, March 30, 2012.
    Palestinians throw stones at Israeli troops, Kalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem, Ramallah, March 30, 2012.

    Palestinian Land Day rallies were marked Friday by clashes with Israeli security forces which fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up crowds.

    Some Palestinians threw stones at Israeli forces at several checkpoints between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

    Palestinians had called for a "Global March to Jerusalem" to mark a day of protest against Israeli policies that they say have taken away their land.

    Israeli forces are on high alert at border crossings with Lebanon and Syria. But there were no reports of fences being breached as they were during demonstrations on Land Day last year.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: Robert Makoi
    April 03, 2012 9:02 PM
    To Dan (Canada)
    ... who created such an extraordinary..., .. why UN sticks to ... unjustified definition?
    Only the assasinated King Abdullah of Jordan can answer your queries. (i.e. Grandfather of the present ruling monarch).

    by: Nak
    April 02, 2012 3:38 PM
    Gab makes a point I think people ignore: Arabs are free to live in Israel as full citizens. They even have representation in parliament. So why can't Jews live in the West Bank (for that matter why were Jews murdered or expelled from EVERY ARAB COUNTRY?)

    by: Gab to Dan, do Israel still have to explain their position?
    March 30, 2012 5:36 PM
    Sectarian wars: Muslim Shiites against Sunnis in Pakistan, Muslims against Hindus in India, Muslims against Christians in Nigeria, Muslims against Buddhists in Thailand, Muslims against Kopts in Egypt, Muslims against Christians the Philippines, Aceh (Indonesia), Kosovo (Serbia). Ethnic-cleansing wars (Islamic regimes intent at exterminating and expelling non-Muslims from their countries): Algeria (Berbers), Sudan (Dinkas), Sudan (Darfur), Mauritania, Iran , Iraq, Syria (Kurds).

    by: Dan
    March 30, 2012 8:41 AM
    To Gab: Excellent point!
    The Palestinian refugees are the only refugee category in the world defined as all the decendants of original 48 year war refugees, who by the way left Israely territory mostly willingly. Therefore there are may be more than a million of so called 'refugees' of all ages' The question is who created and maintained such extraordinary situation, and why UN sticks to this unjustified definition?

    by: Gab
    March 30, 2012 7:02 AM
    Protesters were demanding "the right of return for Palestinians ". What they meant was Palestinian Arabs/Muslims. I doubt that the 30,000 60+ year old refugees from the 1948 war would want to leave their family and friends to settle back in Israel. There are already 1.5 million Arabs living in Israel proper as citizens. The question is, why can't Jews live in the West Bank, the cradle of Jewish civilization?

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