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In light of the unexpectedly poor turnout and relatively uneventful nature of the event, several post-mortem analysts have declared it a “dud” and “fizzled instead of sizzled.” None the less, the GM2J website declared the event a major success, acknowledging the poor turnout but stressing the broad-spectrum participation of people from 84 nations across the globe. They have a point. After all, 20,000 people is still a lot of people, even though it is a mere one percent of the organizers’expected 2,000,000; and the participation of representatives from 84 nations does justify calling it a global march.
But there is another reason why this even was indeed a major victory for the Arab cause and a set-back for the Jewish state: it looks like it is the first in a new series of anti-Israel tactics.
Just as the poorly attended but ground-breaking anti-Israel conference at Harvard created a new front in the campus warsagainst Israel, so too the GM2J and its backers and organizers, from the Asian Caravan and the Muslim Brotherhood to the Qatar Conference and Neturei Karta, can all rejoice in their new tactic: the mass mobilization of civilians in unarmed and non-violent hostile activity.
The wars have failed, the terrorism has failed, boycotts and divestments and sanctions have failed, American vetoes haveprevented Arab sponsored anti-Israel resolutions from succeeding in the UN Security Council, and most of the western public has begun to lose interest in the endless relentless rhetoric of Palestinian victimhood at the hands of their supposedly oppressive Israeli occupiers. So now is the time for some new and improved creativity. Since the “free Gaza” flotillas fizzled and the plans for an airborne blockade-busting event never got off the ground, the creative thinkers behind the strategies of the annihilate-Israel crowd have come up with this visionary break-through idea: unarmed civilians by the thousands or tens of thousands, violating Israel’s borders and marching on Jerusalem – a new front in the endless war.
Israel handled this one well, there were not enough marchers, and the Arab countries bordering Israel did not cooperate. So now the GM2J knows what kinks need working out before the next global march; and now, at last, they can look forward to some global Muslim unity, as demonstrated at the Qatar conference, in support of their new tactic.
[i] And see also http://globalmbreport.org/?p=5932 ; http://globalmbreport.org/?p=5787; and http://globalmbreport.org/?p=5645 (reporting on a left wing European website, http://www.antiimperialista.org/gmj_europe, which invites Europeans to join with the Muslim Brotherhood and other organizers to march on Jerusalem).
[ii] http://frontpagemag.com/2012/03/28/the-global-march-to-jerusalem/?utm_source=FrontPage+Magazine&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5701a467f2-Mailchimp_FrontPageMag; http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/03/reverend-jeremiah-wright-leads-global-march-to-jerusalem-protesters-throw-firebombs-rocks-at-police-video/; http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article599335.ece ; http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/29/international/i081339D56.DTL#ixzz1qXpgaGNZ and http://issuu.com/jewishvoice/docs/201203, for example.
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