Israel preps for day of protests
POSTED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 8:34am
NBC News — Israeli forces are on on high alert for a day of protests. Mass demonstrations are expected today across Israel and the West Bank by Palestinians and Arabs. Friday is an annual protest known as the Land Day March.
Supporters in neighboring Arab countries are also planning marches near Israel's borders. Similar demonstrations turned deadly last year. "Land Day" commemorates a deadly protest by Israeli Arab demonstrators in 1976 against land confiscation. Thousands of Israeli troops and police have been deployed in anticipation of possible violence.