Sunday, March 18, 2012

Flash mob aims to raise awareness on global march (with video)

Posted on 18 March 2012 - 04:21pm

KUALA LUMPUR (March 18, 2012): A flash mob made up of more than 120 varsity students assembled today to create awareness on the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ), a worldwide movement aiming to free Jerusalem and Palestine without war.

The global march, on March 30, will see participants from Palestine and Israel's neighbouring countries march as close as they can to Jerusalem in a bid to free the city and its people as well as liberate Palestine.

Supporting countries will also hold events in their main cities on the day as part of the movement.

GMJ Malaysia chairman Dr Mohd Tahir Abdul Rahman said the movement was non-violent and had garnered support from various religious leaders and international figures.

"Our focus is Jerusalem, where presently Muslims and Christians are denied access to their sacred places and holy places of worship by the Zionists," he said after the flash mob today.

The students, mainly from Taylor's College and the International Islamic University, assembled in front of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and acted out scene freezes while chanting, 'Freedom' and 'Free Palestine' repeatedly.

"Instead of doing a dance, we wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary so we decided to do a skit.

"We wanted to create awareness about the oppression in Palestine by recreating scenes of the march toward Jerusalem and also show Palestinians being liberated," said flash mob co-organiser Mohd Ashraf Mohd Rauf.

After the flash mob, the students gathered to sing 'Freedom' by Maher Zain while waving banners and makeshift signs.

Malaysia is one of the 131 countries supporting the movement, and more than 600 Malaysians are expected to participate in the movement.

"We are planning to send 30 delegates from Malaysia, in addition to participation from Malaysian students in Egypt and Jordan who will march with everyone else toward Jerusalem," delegates committee head Norazmi Talib said.

In conjunction with the march, more than 10,000 people are expected to gather at Stadium Melawati in support of the movement.

Video by Michelle Chun

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