Hundreds of activists from around the world marked on Tuesday the 45th anniversary of Land Day, the day when Israeli forces murdered six Palestinians inside the Green Line while protesting the Israeli government’s announcement of seizing nearly 20 thousand dunums of their land in 1976.
US Congressmembers Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have also joined the campaign. Tlaib tweeted about the tragedy of Land Day saying: “This day recognizes the fight against oppression + violence continues”.
6 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in 1976 when hundreds of people protested the illegal taking of homes and farms leaving families homeless.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 30, 2021
The activists launched an online campaign, tweeting on the hashtag #PalestineLandDay, with several Palestine advocacy groups taking part, including VPalestine, Palestine Defense Forces, Palestine Sunbird, Palestine Online, and Act4Palestine.
The campaign also included changing Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profile pictures to images that reflect the occasion.
Significance of Land Day
For 17 years after the 1948 Nakba, Palestinians inside the Green Line were a besieged community governed by martial law. The 1948 memory and the longing for exiled family members, neighbours, and whole communities occupied only the private sphere.
Land Day has become a central memory for Israel’s Palestinian minority, not only because it marks the first physical revolt against the Israeli state, but because it was the day that shattered the illusion of “Arab Israeli citizenship” which followed the lifting of military rule in 1966. As such, it brought the land back to the forefront of the struggle.
— Noor AbdAlHamid (@NourMurtaja9) March 30, 2021
— VPALESTINE 🇵🇸 (@V_Palestine20) March 30, 2021
— Reman S 🇵🇸 (@RemAn_98Pal) March 30, 2021
Today March 30th is #PalestinianLandDay, it dates back to 1976 when 6 Palestinians were killed & 100s injured while protesting against Israel's confiscation of their land.
Today Palestinians ask once and for all that the international community pick the right side of history 🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/fCWYuJpjRg
— Frances Black (@frances_black) March 30, 2021
Today marks 45 years since 6 Palestinians were killed while protesting the illegal seizure of their land. The occupation robs people of their homes, their human rights and compromises our national security.
Today, we renew the call for peace and accountability. #LandDay
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 31, 2021
— Ross Greer (@Ross_Greer) March 30, 2021