News Analysis

Global Loser's March to Jerusalem

Thu, March 29, 2012

Clare Lopez

This Friday, March 30, 2012, a motley collection of leftists, aging anti-colonialists and assorted other antisemites intend to storm Israel’s borders (non-violently) from all directions in a “Global March to Jerusalem (GM2J),” Israel’s capital.

The idea is to stage a massive media stunt to demonstrate international solidarity with the Arabs who live in what formerly was known as Jewish Palestine and now aspire to yet another nation state of their own. Not surprisingly, the GM2J is sponsored by the Iranian regime in conjunction with its long-time terror proxies HAMAS and Hizballah.

There’s been no word yet on whether Iran’s other major terror affiliate—Al-Qaeda—intends to take part. Citing "the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem,” Arab and Muslim forces of Islamic jihad and their fellow travelers among the global witless left have created dozens of Facebook support group pages and some other online sites full of histrionics about the “very survival” of Jerusalem.

Prominent among the GM2J supporters are terror organizations such as Fatah and the Palestinian Resistance Committees plus Muslim Brotherhood associates like the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe and the Muslim Association of Britain.  International supporters include A.N.S.W.E.R., CODEPINK, Viva Palestine (of HAMAS terror flotilla infamy), anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, Princeton University professor Cornell West, the America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright and MIT professor Noam Chomsky.   

Putting the prospective event into perspective, it is useful to consider how these piteous protesters got to this point. Mostly it’s because, despite their fervent desire to destroy the Jewish State of Israel, more than six decades of trying have resulted in an Israel that is more prosperous, vibrant and freer than ever while the Arab/Muslim world is a mess.

Certainly, it’s not for lack of effort on the Islamic jihadi side: After successive Arab armies went down to defeat repeatedly before the tiny Israeli powerhouse, they tried intifadas and terror—incessant, worldwide and utterly ineffectual; then came flotillas and a couple of border marches that got some publicity and not much else; followed by a diplomatic try for backdoor statehood at the United Nations that next to nobody wanted to support; and finally, a non-stop barrage of missiles and rockets out of Gaza aimed at Israeli population centers that’s been countered successfully by a high-tech system of missile interceptors.

So, now, it’s down to a rag-tag mob of hundreds or maybe thousands, lots of whom aren’t either Arab or Muslim, to seize what headlines they might with a “peaceful” march to and maybe across Israel’s borders. Jihadi frustration is palpable.

Blatantly false propaganda (right)  advertises the march. In fact, Jerusalem is one of the only cities in the Middle East where all religions have free access to their holy sites

So is the growing desperation of the Iranian regime. That regime is scrambling for recognition and acknowledgement by a surging and often indifferent Muslim Brotherhood, with which it shares affinity on many doctrinal issues (not counting the pesky succession question) but vies for political influence.

Shi’ite Tehran knows that even with its Axis of Jihad partners—Al-Qaeda, HAMAS, Hizballah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the tottering Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad—it is outnumbered and being outmaneuvered for leadership of the international jihad movement by the majority Sunnis. Its one and only ally in the region, the minority Alawite dictatorship of the Assad clan in Damascus, has been fighting a stubborn uprising for over a year with no end in sight despite the slaughter of as many as 10,000 Syrian citizens to date.

Worse yet, fitna (civil strife) within the Iranian regime has become a real knife fight, with personal rivalries and power struggles among former partners of Khomeini’s revolution popping into public view from the cabinet, Majlis (parliament), Expediency Council, presidency and even the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Not helping has been a shadowy campaign that’s killed dozens of IRGC members (including ranking officers), assassinated nuclear scientists, and blown up depots, bases and a missile facility. Until the mullahs can complete their nuclear weapons program, including matching armed warheads to ballistic missile launchers, they need the breathing space that the U.S. Obama administration alone cannot provide, despite its best efforts. The GM2J seemed like just the thing.

Hossein Sheikh-ol-Eslam, a former “Ambassador” to Damascus who coordinated the HAMAS, Hizballah, PIJ joint terror campaign against Israel during the al-Aqsa Intifada and serves currently as the Speaker of the Majlis, is also the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the GM2J and reportedly a long-time member of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), as is his colleague and co-sponsor, Salim Ghafouri.

According to the Israeli Debka file, Sheikh-ol-Eslam and Ghafouri not only wrested a coerced statement of solidarity with the GM2J from Iran’s ancient and much diminished Jewish community, but are now also forcing it to send a delegation of young men to march as human shields at the front of the GM2J leftists and Muslims.   

Whatever the outcome at Israel’s borders on March 30, the objective is clear: A prime-time television event featuring Israeli border guards repelling, perhaps forcefully, hordes of marchers, possibly unarmed but obviously seeking to instigate violence for memorializing in the annals of victimology. Nothing would satisfy them more than images of Israeli “brutality” live streaming on the internet. We may all hope it turns out otherwise. The Israelis have had a long time to prepare for this march and say they are ready for “anything.” Game on.

Clare Lopez is a senior fellow at the Clarion Fund and a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on the Middle East, national defense and counterterrorism. Lopez began her career as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).