Anti-Israel Protest Breaks Down into Pro-Assad and Anti-Assad Brawl

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


It’s a real shame when Muslims can’t even put their differences aside long enough to join together and call for the destruction of Israel.

And saddest of all, Al Jazeera, Qatar’s regime propaganda channel, appears to be hardest hit by the inability of the protesters to focus on killing the Jews, rather than killing each other.

Welcome to Land Day. The annual anti-Israel protest… in Israel.

A scuffle broke out Saturday during a Land Day procession in Sakhnin. Several dozen protesters who support Syrian President Bashar Assad assaulted an Al-Jazeera reporter and his crew.

The rioters hurled water bottles at the journalists claiming they were fabricating reports about the situation in Syria. The scuffle quickly spread to include other protesters.

In Sakhnin, demonstrators — among them Arab Israeli MKs — waved both Palestinian flags and Syrian flags as they marched through the city, and some openly demonstrated in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

At some point, pro-Assad protesters attacked an Al Jazeera reporter who was present at the scene, saying they resented the news network’s portrayal of the conflict in Syria. Other demonstrators tried to defend the reporter, and a brawl ensued, injuring three — among them an Israeli reporter. Women and children returned to their homes as MKs attempted to break up the violence.

Al Jazeera Arabic reporter Elias Karam and his crew was chased by a crowd of supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad at the Land Day protest in Sakhnin in the Galilee on Saturday. Karam took cover in a local restaurant until he was able to be spirited out shortly after.

Both while the reporter was inside the restaurant and afterwards, scuffles broke out between pro-regime and anti-Assad groups, with some beating each other with sticks.

At the end of the rally, Sakhnin Mayor Mazen Ghanaem called on the rival Palestinian factions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to unite and establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Yes, good luck with that when you can’t even get through a single anti-Israel rally.

  • mah29001

    Those "Palestinians" hate each other more than they hate Israel. Even when it comes to issues like Syria. Pathetic.

  • Drakken

    We should have given them rifles and got out the popcorn to watch what happen next!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "At the end of the rally, Sakhnin Mayor Mazen Ghanaem called on the rival Palestinian factions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to unite and establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."

    Sure. What could go wrong?

  • slider 96

    Couldn't agree with your article more ,Daniel . Best thing to do with muslims is to let them be themselves . Israel's aecret weapon – muslim mentality .

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The REAL tragedy is that Israel's leaders don't round them up en mass, and expel them!! Now, most normal nations, at least those the size of a postage stamp and gravely imperiled too, would NEVER tolerate such seditious behavior as "Land Day" and "NAKBA Day"! The point being, democracy is not a suicide pact, but its leaders seem to think so – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/04/israelijewish

    There ARE remedies.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Lan Astaslem

    savages acting like savages – why is anyone surprised?

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