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Palestinians Commemorate Land Day on ...
Wadi Fukin
By Rich Wiles
01 Apr 2015

Palestinians from across the West Bank and Israel gathered in confiscated Palestinian villages, on both side of the 1967 Greenline, to commemorate Land Day. Land Day is seen as a day of resistance action in defense of Palestinian land. Annual Land Day events are held by Palestinian communities within the State of Israel, in the occupied territories, and in the Palestinian diaspora.

 

Land Day events in 2015 included a 'return march' by the community-in-exile of Lifta, many of whom today remain only a kilometer or two from their original homes. Today there remains a small but very active community-in-exile of Lifta's refugees in East Jerusalem, and it was this group, under the banner of their community grassroots organisation 'Sons of Lifta' who spent Land Day inside their home village. Although many of the village's houses remain intact and the refugees live only a ten minute journey away, they are denied their rights to return to live in the vilage by the State of Israel.

 

Land day first started on March 30,1976, when mass demonstrations broke out among Palestinian communities in the State of Israel in protest at an Israeli state plan to confiscate 20,000 dunums (2,000 hectares) of land around the Palestinian villages of Sakhnin and Arraba in the Galilee. This was one of the first examples of mass coordinated action being carried out by Palestinian citizens of Israel. Protests were held from the Galilee in the north all the way to the Negev (known as the 'Naqab' to Palestinians) in the south. Over the course of the day 6 Palestinians were shot dead and more than 100 were injured. Ever since these events, Palestinians have commemorated March 30th as 'Land Day', or 'Yom al-Ard' in Arabic.

 

In Another Land Day event, activists in the village of Wadi Fukin in the West Bank attempted to plant 350 olive tree saplings on land that is threatened with expropriation by the expansion of the Israeli settlement of Sur Hadassah. All Israeli settlements within the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) are illegal under international law. Before more than a handful of trees could be planted in Wadi Fukin, Israeli soldiers rained clouds or tear gas on to the activists bringing the Land Day event to an abrupt halt. For Palestinians, Land Day is an important annual event which brings together many thousands of Palestinians across historic Palestine in the defence of Palestinian land.

 

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Trees of Protest in the West Bank
Beit Ummar
By Ibrahim Hamouz
02 Feb 2015

Palestinian villagers plant olive trees on land confiscated by Israeli settlers near the village of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank. The trees are a symbolic protest to ongoing Israeli policies of land confiscation and illegal Jewish settlement.

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Last days of maydan 01
Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

A woman begs police not to demolish the barricades and tents.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

Activists and police clash in the Ukrainian capitalÕs center after communal workers tried to dismantle the Maidan protestors' camp. This follows a months-old conflict over the camp between pro-democracy protestors and the city administration.

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Last days of maydan 03
Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

Activists argue with the police, who don military equipment. They have come to dismantle the camp set up in Kiev's Maidan square.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

Police evacuate a wounded colleague from the Maidan camp where protestors clash with authorities who want to dismantle their camp.

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Last days of maydan 05
Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

A Cossack taking part in the protests stands before a pile of burning tires that fills the air with thick smoke.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

A photographer walks by a tire fire extinguished by local authorities as they try to remove protestors from Maidan square.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

Police detained a young man who they believed to be carrying a bomb.

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Kiev, Ukraine
By Igor Golovniov
06 Aug 2014

Young man wears a gas mask to protect himself from the thick smoke of burning tires and in case tear gas is used by the police, who are trying to remove protestors from Kiev's Maidan square.

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People Moving Injured Protestor to Fi...
Ramsis, Cairo, Egypt
By elmasdr
17 Aug 2013

People moving injured protestor to field hospital during the Ramsis clashes

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Ideas Clash in Jordan
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
21 Sep 2012

Clashes erupt as protestors call for the release of detained activists during a march from Amman's Hussein Mosque following Friday prayer on September 21, 2012.