What is the story of Palestinian Land Day?

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GAZA STRIP (VOP TODAY NEWS) – On 30 March, Palestinians commemorate Land Day to express their attachment to their land and national identity, after the Israeli authorities confiscated thousands of dunums of Palestinian residential land, following which the demonstrations, which later expanded into clashes between the Palestinians and the Israeli authorities, ended. To arrest and kill many Palestinians.

A spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry on March 30 killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds in the Israeli army’s gunfire amid tensions and Palestinian protests along the border with Israel.

The chief of staff of the Israeli army said on March 28 that the army deployed more than 100 snipers along the border with Gaza and extended barbed wire on the border in anticipation of any possible breakthrough from the Palestinian side.

The calls to demonstrations and protests on this day of each year are active every year to commemorate the killing of six Palestinians by Israeli forces during the 1976 demonstrations.

Historical Background

Before the establishment of the state of Israel, Arab Palestinians depended on agriculture for about 70 percent of their livelihoods.

But the 1948 war led to the emigration of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to their villages and cities. In 1950, Israel issued the Return Law, bringing in large numbers of Jews around the world.

At the same time, Israel enacted the Absentee Property Law, under which it confiscated the land of Palestinian refugees expelled or displaced by the war. Thus, new Jews bought these land confiscated from the state.

According to Prof. Oren Yiftachel, the Palestinians did not hold any protests before 1970, against Israel’s policies because of military rule, poverty and isolation, and the lack of a strong political movement among the Palestinians.

The first expropriation law was under the name of “Galilee Development”, under which the land of the Arabs in Israel was confiscated, as well as the refugee lands of Arrabeh, Sakhnin, Deir Hanna, Arab Sawaed, Sakhnin, Arrabeh, Deir Hanna, Taran, Kabul and other lands.

Residents protested against the demonstrations and the declaration of a comprehensive strike on 30 March, and intensified confrontations between the Palestinians and the Israeli army to the extent of the use of tanks in the storming of Palestinian villages, and killed and injured many in the area of ​​Araba and Sakhnin.

Since then, the Palestinians have commemorated the day by planting olive trees in the lands that were washed away by Israel, as well as reviving various activities such as the opening of exhibitions that include Palestinian heritage products, handicrafts, support campaigns, social networking sites and various festivals in all places their presence.