On “Land Day” (31 March), the Palestinians began six weeks of peaceful protests in Gaza, which have already resulted in 16 deaths and hundreds injured. Dr Ibrahim Natil reports.
ON 30 MARCH, Palestinians from all different political and social spectrum began promoting and engaging in peaceful national and grassroots activities to protest the Israeli occupation.
Various ranges of events and marches in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been organised. The “Great Return March“, however, is considered the most important event commencing six weeks of Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip.
This event also coincides with the day the Palestinians commemorate “Land Day”. Land Day marks the first act of collective disobedience on 30 March 1976, when Palestinians protested an Israeli decision to expropriate 2,000 hectares of land as a part of a plan to “Judaise the Galilee”.