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Israelis Called to Wave Israeli Flags
This Sunday is May 15. For Arabs who mourn the creation of Israel, their focus is not on the Hebrew date (5 Iyar) of Israel’s independence but the secular date, May 15

Israelis Called to Wave Israeli Flags Proudly on Nakba Day
by Elad Benari  (Arutz Sheva)

As Palestinian Authority Arabs prepare public demonstrations to mark the ‘Nakba Day’ (literally the "catastrophe", which is how they characterize the Gregorian date of the establishment of the State of Israel) on Sunday, Jews in Israel are planning a Zionist response to the planned activities.

After all, they say, had the state been established even earlier, the real catastrophe of 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust who had nowhere to escape, would have been avoided.

Intefatigable Shomron Mayor Gershon Mesika is calling on Israeli citizens to fly Israeli flags on their vehicles and homes, as well as post pictures of the Israeli on their Facebook accounts this coming Sunday.

Mesika made the appeal in a personal letter he wrote to Samaria residents over the weekend. On Thursday, the Samaria Residents’ Council began to distribute Mesika’s message across the country, both among residents of local communities in Judea and Samaria, as well as in other local councils across Israel. Branches of The Land of Israel Task Force in Rehovot and Haifa, as well as the National Jewish Staff in Tel Aviv joined in the effort to spread the message as well.

Activists from the Samaria Residents’ Council plan to stand at major intersections throughout the country on Sunday and hand out Israeli flags to drivers.

Mesika’s letter reads as follows:

This Sunday, we will all raise with pride the flag of Israel.

'Nakba Day' is translated into Hebrew as Yom Hashoah [Holocaust Remembrance Day –ed.]. This is how the ‘Palestinian’ Authority leadership has chosen to refer to the establishment of Israel. Indeed, it is not surprising, since at the head of that terror authority is Holocaust denier Abu-Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas –ed.].

This year the Authority is trying to intensify the events of that day, as a propaganda step on the way to their one-side declaration of a state in September.

The hysteria which the PA and its PR people from the far left are trying to inflict on the citizens of Israel is nothing but a balloon filled with hot air.

They too know very well that according to international law, only whoever is controlling an area can establish a state, and to our delight Israel is the one controlling it. Those PR people who are trying to frighten the public in Israel remember well that the UN already voted in 1988 in favour of the establishment of a ‘Palestinian’ state (by a majority of 104 against 2) and Arafat even officially declared it. All this had no meaning since Israel controls most of Judea and Samaria, the cradle of the Jewish people, and protects the whole country from there. (editor's note: the high ground of Judea and Samaria overlooks the entire coast of Israel, its most populated urban area, which, if in other hands, would make this part of Israel vulnerable to primitive rockets).

On Sunday, we will all raise the Israeli flag everywhere: on cars, on our homes and on our Facebook accounts.

Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens in cities across the country will raise the flag along with us.

We will raise the flag proudly, and say to the world: Am Yisrael Chai [the people of Israel live].”

2. Israel's Security Forces Deploy For Nakba Events
by Gavriel Queenann

Public Security Minister Yitzhack Aharonovitch said Thursday some Muslim's would be denied access to the Temple Mount on Friday, Israel Radio reports.

The restrictions, typically imposed on Muslim males under 50, is commonly employed when heightened tensions lead Israel's police to believe violence may erupt.

Aharonovitch told Israel Radio police would "thin out the number of worshipers at the Temple Mount," due to police intelligence estimates citing a likelihood of prelude demonstrations to Sunday's expected "Nakba Day" protests.

"Nakba," or "catastrophe," is the Arab reference for the creation of Israel, which occured on May 15 on the secular calender. Israel celebrated the 63rd anniversary of its creation on Tuesday, in accordance with the Hebrew calendar.

Reinforced police and border guard units equipped with riot gear are being deployed in eastern Jerusalem, the Old City, and the Temple Mount to maintain order.

Activists behind a website called "The Third Intifada" have called for a new uprising, which would see thousands of Palestinian refugees march towards homes which they fled from or were forced out of when Israel was created in 1948 on Palestinian land.

While PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas has publicly ruled out a Third Intifada, Fatah and Hamas have reportedly created a joint committee to coordinate Nakba Day demonstrations.

Arabs claiming roots in Israel are also expected to stage rallies and demonstrations in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. The IDF Northern Command has been put on alert as demonstrations are expected on the Israel-Lebanon Border.

Northern Command officers also warned UNIFIL this week there would be severe consequences if demonstrators try to damage the border fence between Israel and Lebanon.

“We respect people’s right to protest, but we will not tolerate damage caused to infrastructure, like the border fence,” a Northern Command spokesperson said.

IDF troops are also deploying in large numbers in Judea and Samaria on Friday, amid expectations that massive demonstrations will break out on both fronts as a build up to May 15 demonstrations.

The IDF began reinforcing troops in Judea and Samaria amid reports there may be marches intended to breach the security perimeters of Jewish settlements.

Expected hotspots in Judea and Samaria include the Kalandiya Checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, near the Ofer Prison off Road 443, Jalazoon near Beit El, as well as Nablus (Schem), Tulkarm and Ramallah.

The demonstrations are expected to include stone-throwing and Molotov cocktails, but not firearms, according to security sources.