Palestinians Marked 47th Anniversary Of Land Day Amid Calls To End Israeli Occupation

Palestinians Marked 47th Anniversary Of Land Day Amid Calls To End Israeli Occupation

RAMALLAH/GAZA, Mar 31 (NNN-WAFA) – Palestinians yesterday marked the 47th anniversary of the “Land Day,” amid calls to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories that has been going on since 1967.

They also called for establishing an independent Palestinian state on the territories seized by Israel in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators gathered near the borders between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, waving Palestinian flags, carrying banners demanding an end of the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state, and chanting anti-Israel slogans.

Demonstrations and rallies were also held in other parts of the Gaza Strip to mark the day. Some young people planted olive trees, with each one carrying the name of a village in historic Palestine that their grandfathers left in 1948.

The Hamas movement said in a press statement that, the Palestinians “are still sticking to their legitimate rights.”

In the West Bank, similar demonstrations were held in several towns, villages and cities today.

Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammed Ishtaye, slammed the Israeli aggression on “Voice of Palestine” as aggressive and said, the Israeli occupation “is based on settlement, repression, and killing.”

Ishtaye called on the Palestinians to reunite and end an internal division among the Palestinians, mainly between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Party since 2007.

The events of Land Day date back to Mar 30, 1976, when the Palestinians in Israel protested against the Israeli seizure of about 21,000 dunams (2,100 hectares) of Palestinian villages’ lands in the Galilee region in northern Israel.

The 1976 protests took place in the villages of Arraba, Sakhnin, Deir Hanna, Arab al-Sawa’id and others. The lands in these villages were confiscated for establishing more settlements.– NNN-WAFA  


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