Marking Palestinian Land Day in Aotearoa/NZ

29 Mar

Many of the delegates attending the 2021 national conference of the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa held a spontaneous rally to commemorate Palestinian Land Day on the streets of Auckland yesterday.

Land Day symbolizes Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ongoing land expropriation, colonization, occupation and apartheid.

The date of the global day of action, 30 March, is the annual commemoration of Land Day. On this day in 1976 the Israeli military shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel during a massive uprising in protest of the Israeli government’s plan to build new Jewish-only colonies and expand existing Jewish cities.

Three years ago, Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip chose this day to launch the Great March of Return to demand an end to Israel’s closure of the Gaza Strip and the right of return for millions of Palestinians ethnically cleansed from their homes.

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