Attacks and Threats Increase in Reaction to Mugrabi Gate Project
Chronology of Militant Rallies
Posted: March 12, 2007
· February 23, 2007. The Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm in Jordan, the Islamic Action Front, held a protest against the excavation during which masked men burned Israeli and American flags. Protester chanted militant and anti-Jewish slogans and voiced their demand that the government to shut down the "embassy of the Zionist enemy."
· February 22, 2007. In Tehran, Iran, students affiliated with the Basij militia rallied in front of the British Embassy both in support of the Iranian nuclear program and to protest the excavations in Jerusalem. The protesters burned British, Israeli and American flags and chanted "death to America, death to Israel." Basij, a volunteers-based militia, is used by the regime primarily to enforce Islamic codes and suppress opposition groups.
· February 16, 2007. In Indian Kashmir the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, a militant group that is on the U.S. list of terror organizations, sponsored a rally against the excavations, "to protest against the nefarious designs of Israel." According to the Gulf Times, "Thousands of protesters shouted anti-Israel slogans and said the excavations was a 'conspiracy of Israel to demolish Al Aksa mosque.'". During the rally demonstrators threw stones at the police, who fired tear gas.
· February 16, 2007. Sheik Hasan Nasrallah, Hezbollah secretary general, spoke about the Israeli excavation during a rally in Beirut:
"Today Al Aksa Mosque is threatened because excavations around it may weaken the foundations of this holy place. Look at what is happening in the world. Al Aksa Mosque is threatened but the Quartet meets and says we will not cooperate with the Palestinian national unity government or recognize it unless it recognizes Israel. This is said at a time when the holy places of the nation and Muslims are in danger."