Land Day 2017: Israel's relentless land grab continues
Date Written: 30/03/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20591
As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year's Land Day.
Today's commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession.
During the first Land Day in 1976 Palestinian citizens of Israel protested against the Israeli government's expropriation of 2,000 hectares of land surrounding Palestinian villages in the Galilee. Six Palestinians were killed and more than 100 were injured when Israeli forces crushed the protests.
Every year since, Palestinian communities in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) have gathered on March 30 to commemorate these events to highlight Israel's ongoing seizure of Palestinian land, and to reaffirm their connection to the land.
This year's Land Day will be marked with a march between Deir Hana and Sakhnin in northern Israel, as well as demonstrations and events across central Israel and the Negev/Naqab region, and in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The protests are often met with brutal and excessive use of force by Israel.