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Israel’s military chief reviews Nakba preparations

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May 11, 2011 | 1:15 pm

The head of Israel’s military, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, toured the West Bank to view preparations for Nakba Day.

The military expects major Palestinian demonstrations on May 15 for Nakba Day, or Catastrophe Day, referring to the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

Gantz visited the OC Central Command Wednesday. Extra units have been moved into the area to train ahead of the weekend.

In addition to calling for large demonstrations, Palestinian groups are calling for civil disobedience.

Israel’s military is concerned about the possibility of clashes between Palestinians and settlers at Nakba Day marches and protests, which could begin on Friday.

A Facebook page that was removed after receiving tens of thousands of “likes” had called for a third Palestinian intifada on May 15. Several copycat sites sprung up in its wake.

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