Thousands of Palestinians took part today in a rally in the city of Sakhnin, north of Palestine, commemorating the 47th anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day.
The participants waved Palestinian flags and chanted slogans that affirmed their right to their land and condemned the racist policies of hard-right Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir.
The Palestinian Land Day refers to the events of March 1976 in which six Palestinian citizens were shot dead by Israeli forces while demonstrating against Israel’s confiscation of their land in the Galilee region.
On March 30, 1976, thousands of Palestinians in the northern Galilee region demonstrated against the seizure by Israel of large tracts of Arab land, prompting Israeli troops to use lethal force, killing six Palestinians.
At that time, demonstrations first kicked off in the town of Deir Hanna, and were met by heavy brutality by Israeli police. They were followed by further protests in the town of Arraba, in the Galilee region, during which one Palestinian was killed and dozens more injured by Israeli forces.
The extrajudicial killing triggered widespread demonstrations and violent clashes with Israeli forces in a number of other Arab towns and villages, in which the forces shot and killed six Palestinians.
For the last 47 years, Palestinians have been commemorating the deadly events by holding marches in the occupied West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Arab villages in Israel.