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February 16, 2012 Off

“Global March to Jerusalem” Meets With Militant Islamic Group in Lebanon

GMJ Meet­ing at Ain Al-Hilwa
The Lebanon Com­mit­tee of the Global March to Jerusalem held a meet­ing last week at Ain Al-Hilwa Pales­tin­ian refugee camp in Lebanon with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous Pales­tin­ian fac­tions, includ­ing mem­bers of mil­i­tant group Anssarul­lah, accord­ing to the Pales­tin­ian Refugees in Lebanon website.
Anssarul­lah, report­edly a “reli­gious rad­i­cal group” with a few hun­dred fight­ers in its mem­ber­ship, has been described by some observers as a Pales­tin­ian fac­tion loyal to Hezbol­lah inside Ain Al-Hilwa. Its first reported attack took place in 2003 when two of its mem­bers, Has­san Suleiman and Ayman Zaidan, were report­edly killed in a sui­cide raid on an Amer­i­can con­voy in Iraq.
The Global March to Jerusalem cam­paign seeks to coor­di­nate efforts by inter­na­tional activists to cross Israel’s bor­ders on March 30, 2012, and enter Jerusalem to “demand [its] free­dom.” The campaign’s North Amer­i­can chap­ter, which is accept­ing tax-exempt dona­tions through the California-based Free Pales­tine Move­ment, stated on its web­site that their “legal advis­ers in US have deter­mined that it is bet­ter for them to oper­ate sep­a­rately from the main coalition.”
The Ain Al-Hilwa meet­ing was also attended by lead­ers rep­re­sent­ing the Pales­tin­ian Lib­er­a­tion Orga­ni­za­tion (PLO), Islamic Brigades and the Pales­tin­ian Alliance. Dur­ing the meet­ing, Isam Hal­abi, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Gath­er­ing of Pales­tin­ian Mar­tyrs, said “it is impor­tant to hold activ­i­ties in sup­port of our peo­ple inside the home­land who are fac­ing an exter­mi­na­tion war.”

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