To add to all the chaos that has been going on in the Middle East these past few months, there were protests that happened on both the Israel-Syria border and the Israel-Lebanon border. Yesterday was Nakba, or the day of “Catastrophe” according to the Palestinians. It is a day of mourning that marks the birth of the state of Israel in 1948. Yesterday, protesters entered Israel from Syria. As the NYTimes wrote:
In the Golan Heights, about 100 Palestinians living in Syria breached a border fence and crowded into the village of Majdal Shams, waving Palestinian flags. Troops fired on the crowd, killing four of them.
What many people don’t realize is that if Syrians cross the border into Israel, they need to get permission from the Syrian army to do so and any entering into the state is seen as a threat of warfare. (As it would be if the roles were reversed and Israel should enter Syria) There is an agreement which states both countries will not be entered.
The news reports have shown the protests but reporters did not get there in time for when the real trouble began: when hundreds entered Israel with the threat of violence.
A friend of mine is a soldier who was on the scene and he explained to me:
what happened was that initially about 100 or so people crossed the border and started rioting in the middle of majdel shams which is in israel they were throwing rocks at soldiers what is done in a situation like this is first you fire warning shots in the air, then at the ground near the rioters if that doesnt work you shoot at their lower body when you have 100 people some are bound to fall over and have the bullets not hit the lower body but the fact is these were citizens of a hostile country who illegally crossed a border into israel and tried attacking its soldiers
Syria has been punishing its protesters these past few months but now when they threaten political and physical harm on Israel, they of course blame Israel.
(This picture was on the NYTimes website, in addition to others, and my friend is actually in the shot.)