On March 30, Palestinian in Gaza marked the 39th anniversary of Palestinian Land Day by protesting and planting olive trees near the so-called buffer zone east of Gaza in solidarity with Palestinian farmers. Palestinians commemorate Land Day during which Israeli forces carried out a lethal and brutal military attack on unarmed Palestinians in 1976 who were peacefully protesting the Israeli Apartheid regime’s land grab policies.
The Palestinian refugees living in Syria and Lebanon and Syrians in Golan Heights also held protest rallies against Jewish occupation of their ancestral lands.
Scores of visitors, diplomats, lawmakers and artists met at the Embassy of Palestine in Argentina to commemorate the Palestinian Culture and Land Day. Argentina was one of the first countries in Latin America to recognize Palestine as a free and independent state. The unprecedented decision then sparked a strong condemnation from the Zionist regime and local Zionist organizations and rapidly led to many other countries in the region to follow suit.
On March 29, activists representing 120 countries attending the World Social Forum demonstrated in Tunis city in support of Palestinians’ rights to return to their ancestral homes occupied by foreign Jews.
At the time the notorious Balfour Declaration was written by British Zionist leader Lord Balfour, the Palestinian Jews owned only 2.5% of Palestinian land. Now Europe’s unwanted Jews occupies 95% of Palestinian land.
In reality, the Land Day began in the 1890s, as recorded by Theodor Herzl in his Diary: “We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our own country… expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.”
On the 28th of March 2015, close to 200 protesters from all over the West Bank gathered in Nabi Saleh to protest the occupation in commemoration of Land Day. The protest was met with extreme violence as the Army and Border Police fired large amounts of tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets as well as several rounds of M16 live ammunition at the protesters. Watch a video below.
And finally, a soul searching statement by Tel Aviv-based editor and blogger, Edo Konrad, published at +972 news website on March 30, 2015. “The reasons to mark the Land Day are too numerous to list in any one article. But this year, as American liberals search for that disappearing sweet spot between “democratic Israel” and the undemocratic occupation, we ought to remember that the Judaization of Palestinian land is part of the DNA of the Jewish state, on whichever side of the Green Line it happens to operate.”