Land Day protests in Israel: 'We will remain and will not move from here'

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Land Day protests in Israel: 'We will remain and will not move from here'

Thursday 30 March 2017 16:33 UTC

Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians from the West Bank 
commemorated Land Day on Thursday in towns and villages across Israel 
and the occupied West Bank.
In Deir Hanna, in northern Israel, thousands gathered at a large 
protest to commemorate the events of 1976, which saw six people 
killed by Israeli forces.
"For me, this day is not just to sit and to cry about something that 
happened 41 years ago," Knesset member Aida Touma told MEE.
2017: 'Israel's relentless land grab continues' 
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"But it's about ongoing resistance to protect what's left of the land 
and the homes for the Arab community inside Israel."
Arab Israelis make up around 17.5 percent of the country's population 
and are descended from Palestinians who remained on their land after 
the creation of Israel in 1948.
They hold Israeli citizenship but most see themselves as Palestinians.
"For me, it is not just a day about remembering, it's an ongoing 
battle until today, the land, for me, is about the space that 
represents our existence inside our homeland.
Earlier in the day, organisers gave lessons in two local Arab schools 
on Land Day and what it represents.
"We want the new generations to know about the land issue," she said.
The 1976 protest against Israeli plans to seize large sections of 
land in northern Israel was met with a violent police response.


Israeli troops detain a Palestinian demonstrator during a protest 
marking Land Day in the West Bank city of Hebron (Reuters)

Muneeb Tarabieh, deputy mayor of nearby Sakhnin, an Arab city in 
northern Israel, told MEE that he has never felt welcome in his home land.
"I was born four days before Land Day, and grew up hearing stories of 
this day, and how our lands were confiscated by the Israeli authorities.
"I learned when I very young that we are not welcome in our home land.
"The Israelis are using this policy of evection against us, even 
though we are the original citizens of this land.
"Despite all the difficulties we face, we will remain in our lands 
and will not move from here."
Jewish Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, who is an outspoken critic of 
the Israeli government, spoke at the Deir Hanna rally.
"The way that you, the Arabs in Israel, are treated is not the same 
as the way Jewish Israelis are treated. You are seen by Israeli 
society as not deserving of the same rights as we deserve."
MK Touma added that threats against Arab citizens of Israel were growing.
"We used to only have to defend our land, but now we also have to 
protect the roof over our heads," she said, referring to the ongoing 
demolitions of Palestinian homes inside Israel.

To our lands, houses, heritage and memories of 

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"What's left of our land is very limited, and it is limiting our 
ability to grow. It will eventually finish the Arab community in Israel."
The Adalah organisation, which campaigns for the rights of Arabs in 
Israel, said in a statement on Thursday that Israeli authorities 
"persist in their discriminatory policies against Arab-Palestinian 
citizens of Israel."
In January a local resident and a policeman died during a raid on the 
Bedouin Arab village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel to demolish a 
number of homes. 
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