Land Day 2023: Land Day is an important day for Palestinians all over the world. It is celebrated every year on March 30. It was a big event in Palestinian history when six people died during protests against Israel taking over Palestinian land. Not only does the day remember this event, but it also celebrates the revolutionary spirit of the Palestinian people.
HISTORY OF LAND DAY
In 1976, it started. The Israeli government said that it planned to take land from Arab towns like Sakhnin and Arraba in Israel’s Galilee region for official use. This move would force a lot of Arab people to move.
The National Committee for the Defense of Arab Lands was the first political group that said it spoke for all Palestinians. It called for a strike. They called this “Land Day” and held many protests, mostly in the places that were hurt. This was important, because Arab people rarely, if ever, protested in public before the 1970s. There were political groups, but they came and went. Arabs on both sides of the Israeli line came together because of this event.
The protest did not stop the plan to take over land. Protesters ran into a lot of trouble. Hundreds of people were hurt, and six people died. After 16 years, Land Day became a national holiday in Palestine. Every year, Palestinians all over the country protest and go on strike to mark the day.
In 2018, this movement got a new boost when thousands of Palestinians, including families and people of all ages and genders, celebrated Land Day by walking calmly towards the Gaza Strip’s border areas. They called this the “Great March of Return,” and it was meant to bring attention to the efforts of those who fought against and still fight against land grabs. It is also a protest against Israel’s 10-year siege of Gaza. Since then, Palestinians in Gaza have marched every week towards an Israeli security fence. Most of the time, they try to break the hold around their land and get it back.
Palestinians have celebrated Land Day in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Finland, France, and Belgium, among other places, and they still do so today.
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HOW TO GET READY FOR LAND DAY
Learn more about the land war.
The land problem and the fight between Israel and Palestine have been the subject of many studies, articles, and news stories around the world. Take a moment to review what you know about this subject.
Find out about the rallies.
On this day, Palestinians all over the world hold many protests and other events to mark the day. Find out what you can learn and how you can keep up with what’s going on in real time.
Plant a small olive tree.
This day is a good time to plant olive trees, which are very important to Palestinians. The plant is tough, just like the people, and its roots grow deep.
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PALESTINE
Olive trees are a sign of Palestine.
Palestine has the oldest olive trees in the world. The plant is also a sign of the people who live there.
Palestine is one of the oldest places where people have lived.
Archaeological findings show that it was the first place where people settled down and started farming. It is also where the world’s oldest city, Jericho, was formed around 8000 B.C.
The people who lived in Canaan
These were the first people to live in Palestine. Most Palestinians today are descended from the Canaanites, who lived in the eastern Mediterranean, and the Arab tribes who married into their families.
It’s holy to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth are all holy places in Palestine.
Relief from strife
Special groups like Islamic Relief in Palestine have been working to help people deal with the fighting and stress that this war causes. They do this by providing emergency humanitarian aid, fun activities, and psychosocial support programmes.
WHY LAND DAY IS IMPORTANT
It’s a day to honour them.
People learn about those who fought and still fight for their rights, land, and identity, and they remember them. Let’s remember and honour them.
It teaches us to work together.
Land Day brought together Palestinians from all walks of life to work for the same goal. We can learn something from this.
It shows more about the land question.
The protests and strikes that followed brought this problem to the attention of many people. It is now something that many people know about and talk about. We think this makes it more likely that there will be an answer.
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