Today, Sunday 30th March, is Palestinian Land Day! To commemorate and celebrate Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ongoing land expropriation, colonisation, occupation and apartheid, yesterday afternoon the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign brought some Palestinian culture to the streets of Dublin, performing the Dabka, the traditional Palestinian style of dancing (similar to Irish set dancing) to the GPO. Palestinians, Irish and internationals gave it socks, danicng all afternoon!
What is Land Day?
On 30th March 1976 Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. These young men were among thousands protesting the Israeli government’s expropriation of Palestinian land. The tragic events are now marked every year by commemorating Land Day.
Thirty-eight years after the first Land Day demonstrations, Israel continues its expropriation and colonization of Palestinian land. Israel continues to expand its illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, forcing Palestinians from their land. Palestinians also face dispossession and displacement inside Israel. Inside Israel, Palestinian citizens still face severe discrimination regarding access to land and housing and in the Naqab/Negev desert the Israeli government entertains ideas about driving tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from their ancestral homelands to make way for the 'Judaization’ of the area.
For all of these ongoing crimes Israel has acted with impunity, as the international community has failed to take action to stop them. Therefore, international civil society has mobilised in support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until it ends its occupation and fulfills its obligations under international law.