Land Day in Palestine
Every year, on March 30, Land Day is held in Palestine to commemorate the land protests of 1976 and to recognize the Palestinian struggle over land.
On 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians gathered to protest the Israeli government's plans to expropriate 60,000 acres of Palestinian land in Galilee. Six Palestinians were killed in the ensuing confrontations with Israeli police and hundreds were wounded or jailed.
On the occasion of Land Day 2013, Friends of the Earth International affirms its solidarity with Friends of the Earth Palestine (PENGON) and the Palestinian people, as expressed in a resolution adopted at our biennial general meeting last year.
In the resolution, FoEI highlights the ongoing violations of human rights in Palestine under Israeli occupation, as manifested in the onslaught of land grabbing and environmental injustices such as the expropriation of water sources, the dumping of untreated sewage, chemicals and solid waste, and the location of polluting industry close to or on Palestinian land.