Global March to Jerusalem: Neturei Karta reaches a new low.

The collaboration of Global March to Jerusalem organisers and supporters with internationally designated terrorist organisations was one of the project’s key elements from its inception.

Even so, the spectacle of its Neturei Karta participants in Lebanon paying a visit to the tomb of Hizbollah leader and terrorist Imad Mughniyeh and laying a wreath there has to be one of the more repulsive memories of the event.

Tweeted by @Patrick_Baz, the MENA photo manager for AFP: ‘Anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Jews laying a wreath on Imad Mughniyeh’s tomb in Beirut, Lebanon.’

Mughniyah was, of course, responsible for the deaths of scores of people of many differing nationalities, including citizens of the United States. That fact does not apparently preclude presumably US passport-holding members of Neturei Karta such as Yisroel Dovid Weiss from lauding a murderer or rubbing sympathetic shoulders with those who continue his bloody legacy.

Hezbollah Sheikh Nabil Kawooq greets delegates of Neturei Karta as they arrive in solidarity with Hezbollah and Palestinian factions for a "Global March to Jerusalem" to mark Land Day near Beaufort Castle in Arnoun village in southern Lebanon March 30, 2012 (Credit: REUTERS)

Delegates of Neturei Karta are escorted by Hezbollah bodyguards during their solidarity march with Hezbollah and Palestinian factions for a "Global March to Jerusalem" to mark Land Day near Beaufort Castle in Arnoun village in southern Lebanon March 30, 2012. (Credit: REUTERS)

That the miniscule fanatic fringe sect Neturei Karta long since left behind the consensus of common decency by participating in a Holocaust denial conference in Tehran is well-known.

Apparently though, their willingness to prostitute themselves to any and every Israel-hater around is not even curbed by respect for their fellow Americans, Canadians and Britons murdered by the various terror organisations with which they collaborate so willingly.

Global March to Jerusalem post event round-up: #GMJ #EpicFailure

Taking a post-event look at the Global March to Jerusalem, it is as important to identify what did not happen as it is to look at what did occur.

The most obvious conclusion is that the GMJ organisers failed to get the numbers of participants they declared having in advance, with only single percentage numbers of their vaunted one to two million marchers actually taking part. Despite GMJ organiser Ribhi Halloum’s feeble attempts at face-saving post-event spin, any objective observer can only conclude that the project’s organisers are clearly out of touch with majority concerns and opinion.

This was also reflected in the picture around the world with, for example, a mere 50 activists turning up for the GMJ event in Germany and 100 in Ottawa.  Even in London – a major hub of anti-Israel activism and home to a significant proportion of GMJ organisers and their various organisations – the turnout to shout at an empty Israeli embassy was not particularly impressive.

Significantly too, in Deir Hanna – the site of the main Land Day march in Israel – and other locations in the Galilee, participation in the event was low, with organisers already expressing their disappointment on Israeli radio by early Friday afternoon.

With the majority of the world’s mainstream media giving the event very low profile handling, it is also clear that the organisers failed to achieve another of their main objectives: the creation of an embarrassing PR event for Israel which would result in condemnatory headlines around the globe and create an opportunity for another Goldstone-style attack on Israel’s legitimacy.

That objective was in part thwarted by the actions taken by the authorities in the countries bordering Israel to contain the event to demonstrations and avoid the potentially fatal clashes which would have resulted had they allowed the would-be infiltrators to have their way.

In Syria the only GMJ event took place in Damascus, with the Iranian regime’s Press TV reporting that ” the Syrian government prevented them from reaching the nearest point to the Palestinian land, as a result of the accident that happened last year on Nakba Day where Israeli soldiers killed around 26 demonstrators who tried to cross the borders in the action called “Yawm al Awda”. One must also factor in to that decision the rifts which appeared early on among GMJ organisers of a pro-Iranian/Syrian regime persuasion and those loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood which is heavily represented among the Syrian opposition, as the proliferation of Hizballah flags and Assad portraits at the Damascus event reflects.  

Participation in the GMJ event in Lebanon, which was confined to the Beaufort castle, was reportedly low due to the fact that the Lebanese army declined to allow participants to approach the border. Some foreign activists expressed a clear – but typical – lack of understanding of the regional dynamics at play.

Here’s a GMJ-North America supporter, #Occupy “human rights” activist, and Mondoweiss contributor, Deppen Webber

 

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(Note that in fact, GMJ organisers – including Webber’s patron Paul Larudee – had been cooperating with Hizbollah since the early stages of preparation.)

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(Note that another – though no less unreliable – source would appear to contradict Webber’s claims.)

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Here’s Kunal Majumder, senior correspondent covering GMJ as a “reporter” for the Indian political weekly, Tehelka:

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The Global March to Jerusalem has undoubtedly helped shine the light of exposure on several important points, one of which is the unquestioning collaboration between so-called peace activists and human rights advocates from Western and other countries and extremist elements such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizbollah, the Iranian regime and even the Syrian Nazi Party – SSNP – which was represented at the GMJ event in Lebanon.

In addition, it is clear that the professed GMJ slogan of non-violence is merely a tactic employed by this handful of extremists in order to gain sympathy and legitimacy for their cause among Western audiences. Just as there is nothing non-violent about intending to illegally breach a sovereign state’s borders and over-run its capital, there was nothing non-violent about Friday’s riots in Bethlehem, Gaza and Kalandiya (lead, incidentally, by a professor from the Sorbonne and with approximately 8% of the rioters being foreign activists – probably members of the ISM).

Equally clear is the end-game agenda of the organisers of the Global March to Jerusalem and its supporters. Their common denominator is the rejection of a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict, the rejection of recognition of Israel’s existence and the aspiration of achieving an imposed settlement which would bring that about. The ample rhetoric we have heard over the past few weeks on such subjects as ’64 years of occupation’ and ‘liberating Jerusalem’ is clear indication of their aims.

The Global March to Jerusalem project has clarified just how little understanding this bunch of professional and semi-professional activists have of the dynamics of the Middle East as indicated by their indignant objections to the fact that various authorities and security forces acted to prevent the escalation of their provocation into a potentially serious cross-border event.

Fortunately, it has also exposed just how out of touch its mostly foreign organisers are with the aims and priorities of people who actually live in the region and how outlandish the ideas of their relatively small – if loud – cult movement are to the majority of the people they seem to have somehow persuaded themselves that they represent. 

American Global March to Jerusalem organiser in Lebanon: US Gov’t “living in fear of Zionist lobby”

According to this report, Global March to Jerusalem organiser in Lebanon Sarah Marusek recently told Hizballah’s ‘Al Manar TV’  that her participation in the GMJ project is intended “not only to provoke the American government, but to provoke those Americans who claim to support the Palestinians while at the same time support a solution that eliminates the right of refugees to return.”

Marusek is a board member of the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign-Lebanon (PCRC), an activist with the ‘Right to Return Committee –Lebanon’ , the ISM and ‘Viva Palestina Arabia’.

Further, Marusek stated in the interview that:

Decision makers in the U.S. are living in fear because of the Zionist lobby; if they made a decision that supports the Palestinians, they will be condemned and lose their jobs and the support they have.” [emphasis added]

Marusek’s willingness to collaborate with a TV station run by an Islamist fundamentalist terror group is in keeping with her other role as political analyst for Press TV – run by the Iranian regime. Here is Marusek in an interview from March 5th, expanding on the same theme of the American government “groveling”, “bowing to AIPAC” and claiming that the US President’s “loyalty lies with a foreign state”.

Global March to Jerusalem leader compares Israel to Nazis & declares their readiness for “martyrdom”

Prior to its departure for Lebanon from the Turkish port of Tasucu, the Global March to Jerusalem’s SE Asia delegation was joined by Turkish activists.

According to the Iranian Fars news agency, some of them previously took part in the 2010 flotilla aboard the IHH-owned Mavi Marmara.  The ‘Asian People’s Solidarity for Palestine’ website carries the same information.

At the SE Asia caravan’s final stop in Turkey – Konya – Global March to Jerusalem organiser Feroze Mithiborwala is reported to have made a speech somewhat contradictory to the march’s professed commitment to non-violence.

“Firouz Mitiborwala, representative for IEC and ICC, was invited to the podium to address the people of Konya. He stated that Palestine has become an element of unity for the people of Asia. In regards to Israel’s threats towards the GMJ – Asian Caravan, he stated, “Israel has gone crazy, and they are acting no different than Nazi’s. Our response to them is a response of bravery. We are ready for martyrdom for our Palestinian brothers.” 

Meanwhile in Lebanon itself, the Daily Star reports that the number of activists permitted to take part in Friday’s demonstrations may be limited to 5,000.

“The committee organizing the march, which is expected to attract several hundred international activists along with thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians, met Monday and decided that the number of people gathering at Beaufort Castle in Nabatieh would have to be limited in number.

They settled on Beaufort Castle, near the village of Arnoun, but members of the organizing committee visited the site Monday and voiced concerns that it could only handle 5,000 people.

Beaufort Castle is located on a steep hill. Members of the organizing committee, which includes representatives of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as well as civilian groups, expressed their worries about the venue, which is located on an outcropping with steep slopes on all sides.

A member of the committee, who requested anonymity, said that much of the enthusiasm for the event was waning because the authorities refused to give permission for a gathering south of the Litani River.”

Zeid Daher of Hezbollah and Yasser Ali of Hamas inspect the site.(Daily Star)

‘Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe’ issues rallying call supporting Global March to Jerusalem

In a manner reminiscent of the way some animals and birds puff themselves up in order to appear larger to their adversaries, organisations associated with various organisers of the Global March to Jerusalem are issuing endorsements and statements which, at first glance, suggest a much wider support base than actually exists.

Into this category falls the March 22nd communique issued by the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) and reproduced on the GMJ website. The press release opens:

“The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) invites Muslims, and the management bodies of organisations, Islamic centres, and mosques across the European Continent to dedicate the last week in March 2012 to intensive activities in support of the city of Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque, given the escalating Israeli threats to the city, its holy sites, and the Palestinian inhabitants.

This initiative comes as part of worldwide efforts to support the just cause of Jerusalem, including the ’Global March to Jerusalem’ on 30 March 2012 in opposition to Israeli occupation and prevailing for the values of truth, justice, liberties of peoples, and human dignity.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) voices its deep concern regarding the situation in the city of Jerusalem, and the violations of the sanctity of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque, and Muslim and Christian holy sites by the Israeli Occupation and its extremist groups. Furthermore, the Federation affirms its solidarity with the Palestinian people, demanding they be allowed to regain their stolen rights, and realise their legitimate demands. The Federation emphasises the importance of universal, concerted effort and cooperation to confront the arrogance of the Israeli occupation persisting in its unrestrained and aggressive policies against the city of Jerusalem and its inhabitants, as well as engaging in effective action to bring an end to these flagrant violations.”

The FIOE is, however, hardly an objective bystander. It is the umbrella organization of Muslim Brotherhood groups in Europe, with much of its funding coming from Gulf sources.   Several of the GMJ organisers are functionaries of one or more of those groups or branches of the Ikhwan elsewhere whilst still others among the GMJ organisers are members of or associated with Hamas – a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot.

In addition, the FIOE has ties to groups and personalities engaged in fundraising for Hamas.

Head of the Dublin-based ‘European Council for Fatwa and Research – established by FIOE in 1997 – is Yusuf Qaradawi, who also heads the ‘Union of Good’ which is banned by Israel and the United States because of its provision of funds to Hamas – a proscribed terror organization.

The ‘Union of Good’ includes the owners of the Mavi Marmara – the IHH – (representatives of which are among the GMJ organisers) and a British charity named ‘Education Aid for Palestinians’ of which GMJ spokesman Zaher Birawi is a trustee.

Qaradawi is of course noted for his extreme anti-Semitism, admiration for Hitler and homophobia. He resides in Qatar, where he has a regular slot on the regime-owned TV station Al Jazeera, and has recently been banned from entering France. 

The FIOE’s expression of support for the Global March to Jerusalem is, therefore, akin to a glowing review of a book on Amazon written by the author’s mother. 

Global March to Jerusalem fundraiser Gilad Atzmon’s odious conspiracy theory on Toulouse murders

As has previously been reported on this blog, the organisers of the Global March to Jerusalem have been quite happy to accept operational support from Gilad Atzmon, particularly in the field of fundraising for the North American chapter.

Several individual or group endorsers of the march apparently see no dissonance in supporting a project which makes use of Atzmon’s public profile whilst at the same time condemning his anti-Semitism.

This last week, in the wake of the horrific racist murders of three small children and an adult in Toulouse, Atzmon has once again shown his true colours by writing the following on his personal blog:

“Israeli press reported this evening that French gunman Mohamed Merah had been on a trip to Israel in the past.

According to the report, Merah’s passport had Israeli stamps in it. The purpose of his visit is unknown. Israeli analysts suspect he was either trying to visit the Palestinian territories or preparing for a terror attack.

However, I won’t rule out the possibility that Merah was actually trained by Israeli forces. Marah may have conducted a false flag operation. By way of deception is, after all, the Mossad’s motto.”

GMJ endorsers and International Advisory Board members such as Ghada Karmi and Susan Abulhawa have claimed that the march should appeal to “people of conscience”.

The Global March to Jerusalem’s association with Gilad Atzmon is an indication of the extent to which its organisers and endorsers in fact suffer from self-imposed selective hearing on issues of conscience.  

Leading Global March to Jerusalem organizers embrace Gilad Atzmon

As we know, the North American branch of the Global March to Jerusalem has been availing itself of the services of the well-known anti-Semitic anti-Israel campaigner Gilad Atzmon for fundraising purposes.  An album of music by Atzmon and collaborators is for sale via the GMJ-NA website and in February a benefit was held in Oakland, California, featuring Atzmon as its main attraction.

Atzmon’s obnoxious views are the subject of a statement published on March 13th by the US Palestinian Community Network entitled Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon which was signed by a number of well-known activists.

It would seem, however, that several of the signatories have not made the connection between the uncritical (to say the least) embracing of Atzmon by leading Global March to Jerusalem organisers and their own declared principles.

Signatory Hatem Bazian has endorsed the GMJ and his name appears on the same website as advertisements for Atzmon-related fundraising.

Signatory Hanna Kawas is chair of the Canada Palestine Organisation and co-host at ‘Voice of Palestine’. Both these organisations appear on the GMJ-NA website as endorsers.

Jamal Juma – a colleague of signatories Omar Barghouti and Rafeef Ziadeh at the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) – is a member of the GMJ International Central Committee. In late January, Omar Barghouti gave the keynote speech at the AGM of the UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign – also a GMJ endorser with its director Sarah Colborne sitting on both the GMJ International Executive Committee and International Central Committee.

Signatory Haidar Eid is both an endorser of (along with co-signatories Ali Abunimah, Nadia Hijab and Omar Barghouti) and activist with the ‘Gaza Freedom March’ organization which is promoting the Global March to Jerusalem on its website.

Signatory Nada Elia is a member of the organizing committee of the US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, alongside Joe Catron of the ISM (a GMJ organizer) and Al Awda (a GMJ endorser).

Signatory Adam Haniyeh is also a member of two GMJ endorsing organisations:  Al Awda and the ‘Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid’.

Signatory Mostafa Henway’s ‘Tadamon!’ promoted singer Shadia Mansour as recently as February 29th 2012. Mansour has collaborated widely with Atzmon in the past and appears with him on the fundraising album for the Global March to Jerusalem.

Signatory Abir Kobty (also Kopty) from Nazareth is a member of the board of the Coalition of Women for Peace which is an endorser of the ‘Free Gaza’ campaign – represented among the GMJ organisers by European Preparatory Committee member Mikalis Lukianos from ‘Ship to Gaza-Greece, Huweida Arraf and Feroze Mithiborwala (FGM International Co-ordinator in India).

Kobty also takes part in demonstrations organized by the ‘Popular Resistance Committees’ in places such as Nebi Saleh, Bil’in and Qalandiya.  It can therefore be assumed that she is familiar with both many of the Palestinian organisations supporting the GMJ as well as individual members of the GMJ International Central Committee such as Saeed Yaqeen of ‘Stop the Wall’ or Salah al Khawaja of the Nil’in Popular Resistance Committee.

Whilst many of the above named activists and their co-signatories hold views and express opinions not vastly removed from those of Atzmon (particularly on the subject of the dismantling of the State of Israel and the denial of self-determination to the Jewish people),  it is nevertheless curious that they are seemingly able to simultaneously condemn the “immorality” of his anti-Semitic and racist language  whilst – either personally or through the organisations with which they are connected – supporting and enabling the Global March to Jerusalem project which embraces Atzmon so warmly. 

Hizballah site promotes Holocaust-denying Global March to Jerusalem organizer

The Hizballah website ‘Moqawama’ features an interview with the GMJ media co-ordinator in Lebanon, Dr Abdul Malik Sukaryeh.

The interview’s introduction is written in typical dramatic Hizballah style:

“To there, they head.

Blood on the palms, eyes to the land, and hearts’ beats race the path. From all over the Globe they came with the same goal and one loud cry.

Al-Quds was, is, and will remain Palestinian.

Choosing an unprecedented path, they launched their move. From the close borders with Palestine they are to fulfill a dream and reiterate a vow.

“We’re to be back and pray in al-Aqsa Mosque and the Resurrection Church.”
March 30th, 1976: “Israel” massacred dozens of Palestinians striking “Israeli” decision to confiscate Palestinian lands. It was “Land Day”.

36 years later, freedom and justice seekers from all over the world gathered in a Global March to commemorate the anniversary and to raise a scream against “Israeli” continuous occupation of al-Quds Holy city.

In the body of the interview, Abdul Malik Sukaryeh stated:

“The move aims at redirecting the compass towards Occupied Palestine.”

“Amid what our region is witnessing, the Palestinian news have become at the end of our priorities and bulletins; this if Palestine was even mentioned.”

 “What Palestine is facing, particularly the Holy al-Quds city is much more dangerous than any development in any other Arab country,”

“The aim of participants is to draw attention to the systematic discrimination of Palestinians in al-Quds, and to make a concrete effort to end the occupation.”

“As the successive “Israeli” governments have created policies with one goal in mind: to get and keep Palestinians out of their homeland as well as to make way for a purely Jewish state; many Arab and Western governments stand idly by and watch as Palestinians endure systematic dispossession and displacement,” 

Sukaryeh went on to elaborate on the technical aspects of the march:

“Mass rallies will take place in bordering countries (Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan) and inside Occupied Palestine. However, Egyptian rallies are to be held in Liberty Square.”

“Part of the Global March will seize the “Israeli” embassies in Western, African, and Asian countries by protests that reflect the real nature of this suppressing terrorist entity,” 

He added that:

“Certain parties are pressuring to absent Syria from the global march scene under political pretexts,”

“The national Syrian committee is continuing its preparations as part of the move.”

“There are more than 700,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria who- with all the national Syrians, are to commemorate the anniversary of “Land Day” and to reassure their commitment to the genuine central cause; Palestine,” 

One cannot but wonder if Syrians engaged in the year-long struggle against Bashar Assad’s regime would agree with Sukaryeh’s priorities, but his statement does provide insight into the fact that any events on the Syrian border with Israel on March 30th will certainly be orchestrated and approved by the incumbent Hizballah and Iran-backed regime in Damascus.

Sukaryeh then went on to invoke the scepter of imaginary Israeli threats against the marchers – engaging in Holocaust denial along the way. (emphasis added)

“On the crossroads of hard choices, participants in the Global March to al-Quds are ready to face with their screams, banners, and position all types of “Israeli” brutality.

“Israel fears us,” Sukaryeh responded to “Israeli” threats of confronting the protesters with an iron fist.

“The Zionist front is witnessing a state of panic and dread. We estimate that the march has succeeded even before it started.” “

Sukaryeh recalled images from the flotilla “Israeli” massacre and May 2011 martyrs at the borders with Lebanon and Syria, wondering:

“Is ‘Israel’ going to massacre us? What is the international price for such an “Israeli” step? How much would “Israel” massacre, a thousand, or 10,000 civilians. This would be genocide, a real Holocaust not a pretended one.”

“The history of the Zionist entity is full of crimes and terrorism. We won’t be surprised if “Israel” attacks the peaceful protesters but we aren’t afraid and nothing will defeat our will even if the “Israeli” fulfilled its threats of air striking the rally. We are to continue,” the media organizer stressed.

Clearly, some GMJ organisers are actually seeking a violent confrontation which would serve their publicity purposes and provide an opportunity for further assaults on Israel’s legitimacy in bodies such as the UNHRC. Sukaryeh also reflects the approach voiced by some of the other non-Western organisers of the march according to which, the project aims to be the first leg of a ‘third Intifada’.

“He further noted that “Israel” fears a 3rd Intifada” welcoming “any public movement that redirects the priorities.”

“The so-called Madrid peace conference in which 100 countries gathered has achieved nothing along the past 20 years. Oslo offered nothing to the Palestinians. In front of the “Israeli” intransigence, one can see that Palestinians have nothing but to return to confronting the “Israeli” aggressions,” he stressed.”

Interestingly, Sukaryeh claimed that the GMJ project does not have its roots in the Middle East:

“What characterizes this move is that it was initiated and called for by international prominent and respected cultural, political, religious, academic, and sports figures from all over the world. It was not an event first launched by Palestinians or Arabs,”

This statement contrasts directly with that of GMJ organizer Paul Larudee who wrote:

“We hear some of the same arguments: that the project is too risky and confrontational. However, it is also true that the project was not the brainchild of any of these solidarity groups, or even of their Palestinian allies. Instead, it came from groups that represent large numbers of Palestinians – including many from the Palestinian expatriate communities in the border countries, such as the refugee camps, the Islamic movements and the supporters of armed resistance groups.”

What Larudee and Sukaryeh do have in common, however, is a somewhat strange definition of non-violence, which does not appear to include the storming and illegal infiltration of the borders of a sovereign country or trespassing in its diplomatic missions worldwide. Here is Larudee writing about GMJ plans in an ISM newsletter from December of last year. (emphasis added)

“The movement has no illusions about the difficulties, and its participants are not suicidal.  The plan is to challenge every part of every border – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Gaza and the West Bank – to march peacefully to Jerusalem.  We will have hundreds of separate, imaginative plans for hundreds of separate groups, to overcome the obstacles at as many points of entry as possible, often creating our own entry points.  We will also have multiple contingency plans in case we are thwarted in some areas, as will inevitably be the case.  In many cases, the march may devolve into “Occupy” encampments and demonstrations.  Whatever happens, we will learn from it and make improvements the following year, for what we intend will be an annual event.”

Further Global March to Jerusalem-NA / Gilad Atzmon fundraising collaboration

The Global March to Jerusalem-North America website is advertising the sale of “Jerusalem for Us All: an album by international artists to benefit the Global March to Jerusalem – North America”.

The album features tracks by the anti-Semitic and Holocaust denier-supporting saxophone-player Gilad Atzmon and other musicians , many of whom he has collaborated with in the past.  

Member of Hamas Terror Cell on Global March to Jerusalem Promotional Tour in South Africa

The South African chapter of the Global March to Jerusalem is dominated by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) which is a member of Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi’s ‘Union of Good’ and is headed by Sheikh Ihsaan Hendricks.

It therefore comes as little surprise to find a convicted member of a Hamas terrorist cell currently in South Africa on a combined promotional tour in support of the Global March to Jerusalem and ‘Israel Apartheid Week’.

Abdul Aziz Umar (also spelt עבד אל-עזיז עמרו) claims to have been sentenced to seven life sentences plus 30 years “on charges of spreading ‘new and strange ideas’ in his intellectual and academic works”.

In fact he was part of the Hamas terror cell which perpetrated the suicide bombing at Café Hillel in Jerusalem on September 9th 2003 in which seven people were murdered, including Dr. David Appelbaum – head of the Emergency Department at Sha’are Tsedek Hospital – and his daughter Nava who was to be married the next day. In addition, 64 people were injured in the attack.  

Umar was released from prison as part of the deal for the release of Gilad Shalit in October 2011. 

As reported by the MJC’s broadcasting arm, ‘The Voice of the Cape‘:

“Umar is using his life-story as the impetus for South Africans to protest Israeli occupation and to be alerted to the atrocities committed against Palestinians. He hopes to drive this message during his South African tour as he promotes the Global March to Jerusalem (GM2J) set to take place on 30 March. He said the unified march was of utmost importance, as it would be the historical movement of masses of people of different nations.”

“It is a global march that will cross Africa, Asia and Europe even America. In Palestine and Gaza, this march represents the movement of history,” he said. “The Arab uprising was a turning point for the entire world. Now the world must wake-up and all say in one voice -a voice of faith – the occupation in Palestine and of Masjidul Aqsa must end. It is time for the occupation to be dismantled and come to an end forever.”