March 30th Commemorates Palestinian Struggle for their Land


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March 30 marks the 43rd anniversary of Yom Al-Ard, Land Day, in which Palestinians demonstrate their resistance to the Israeli occupation and land grabs. Land Day started in March of 1976 after Israel ordered the confiscation of 2,000 hectares of land owned by Palestinian citizens of Israel in the villages near Galilee. During the confiscation, 6 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 others were injured.

To demonstrate their resistance, Palestinians use this day to hold vigils for those who have died as a result of these land grabs and plant olive trees symbolic of historic Palestine.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza join those in Israel for a day of remembering those who lost their lives in 1976, and spread information about Israel’s ongoing confiscation of Palestinian land.

Since the inception of Israel, the international community has done nothing to punish the Israeli government. No steps have been taken to get Israel to comply with Resolution 2334, or numerous others for over 50 years. Israel is empowered by the international community’s apathy towards the land grabs and rising human rights violations.