After the success of the "First Asian Convoy to Gaza", the
organizers supported by over a dozen NGOs and non profit
organizations are now embarking in March 2012 on the first "Global
March to Jerusalem".
"After having successfully organized
the "First Asian Convoy to Gaza" - we are now embarking on the
first "Global March to Jerusalem" on 30th March 2012 for which a
consultation meeting is called in New Delhi on January 23", Feroze
Mithiborwala, Sandeep Pandey and Shaheen Kattiparambil said in a
According to the statement, the
Asian Convoy to Gaza, was the first collective Asian effort,
whereby 160 delegates from 17 Asian nations, marched across 8
countries over a period of 38 days. There were more than 60
delegates from India itself & this was really welcomed by our
Palestinian& Arab friends, who all have great respect for India's
contribution to the anti-colonial struggles & Third World
"After the Asian Convoy to Gaza, we
Indians & Asians, reassessed our strategy in the aftermath of the
Arab Spring & over a period of 10 months, in a series of
consultative meetings with the Palestinians, the key Arab &
international allies, it was decided that it is now time to
counter the Judaisation of Jerusalem & stand in solidarity with
the Palestinian masses. It is out of that endeavour that was born
the idea of the Global March to Jerusalem, scheduled for the 30th
of March 2012", the statement said.
"The Palestinians cannot & will never
accept a Palestinian state without Jerusalem, which lies at the
very heart of their historical & cultural consciousness & which
Israel has unilaterally declared as its eternal capital, in
violation of all UN Resolutions & International Law.
Thus we now need to draw the international focus onto Jerusalem,
which is the core issue & lies at the very centre of the
conflict", the statement said.
"The objective of the Global March to Jerusalem is to raise the global consciousness&
awareness on the threat to Jerusalem, posed by the incessant
Judaisation & the Settlement Blocks, as well as the monstrous
Apartheid Wall, which have cut-off Jerusalem from the West Bank.
"Our convoys will converge from across the three continents of
Asia, Africa & Europe & will amass on the borders of Jordan,
Egypt, Lebanon& Syria, with delegations that will join us from the
rest of the continents & the majority of the nations of the
world", the statement added.
Outlining further details of the march the statement said, the Asian convoy will
commence from New Delhi in early March & across a period of 20-25
days, it will traverse across
Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria & Jordan. The African convoy will
start from Morocco & travel to Egypt, whilst the European convoy
will commence from London. The delegates from North & South
America, Australia-Oceania will join the convoys, or fly directly
to the bordering nations.