Palestinian Land Day: 30 March 2013

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Palestinian Land Day: 30 March 2013
By: BADIL
30 March 2013
 

37 years ago Israeli police and military killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrating against thousands of confiscated dunums for Jewish-Israeli colonies in the Galilee.

Annual commemoration of March 30th as Land Day reaffirms the unity of the Palestinian people whether in Shatat (exile), in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, or as sub-citizens in the colonizer state of Israel.

Palestinians are unified by their cultural and physical rootedness to their land. In jarring contradiction, Palestinians are categorically denied their individual and collective rights within that homeland. The State of Israel has maintained a policy of forcible transferring Palestinians from their homeland, a continuous process of creating refugees and internally displaced people: what BADIL refers to as the Ongoing Nakba.

Integral to consolidating its control, occupation and colonization, Israel strives to limit the population of Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line by violating international law including human rights. Israel does so with more than 50 discriminatory laws in Israel-proper, the ‘matrix of control’ composed of permits, checkpoints, demolitions, and denial of access to natural resources in the West Bank, and unrestrained attacks on Gaza as in November 2012.

The 37th anniversary of Land Day is an occasion for renewing the call to confront violent policies of racial-based exclusion. Challenging the concerted effort to segregate and isolate Palestinians requires non-compliance with the permit system and other illegitimate administrative regulations imposed on Palestinians. The challenge also requires developing Palestinian life in threatened areas. To reconstitute Palestinian resistance, we support:

  • Rejecting the status quo in occupied land through cultivation and use, particularly areas under direct threat;
  • Reviving volunteerism so as to promote resilience through collective action and reducing dependence on international aid;
  • Demanding that Palestinian institutions produce structural plans and provide public funding for developing use of Area C in the West Bank and the Buffer Zone in the Gaza Strip;
  • Encouraging the Palestinian private sector to invest in agricultural and urban projects, including sports and entertainment, in order to strengthen the feasibility of Palestinian life in threatened areas.
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    Themes
    • Access to natural resources
    • Access to natural resources
    • Access to natural resources
    • Accompanying social processes
    • Accompanying social processes
    • Adverse possession
    • Advocacy
    • Advocacy
    • Advocacy
    • Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Armed / ethnic conflict
    • Armed / ethnic conflict
    • Basic services
    • Basic services
    • Basic services
    • Children
    • Children
    • Commodification
    • Commodification
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Demographic manipulation
    • Destruction of habitat
    • Destruction of habitat
    • Destruction of habitat
    • Disability
    • Disability
    • Disaster mitigation
    • Disaster mitigation
    • Discrimination
    • Discrimination
    • Discrimination
    • Displaced
    • Displaced
    • Displaced
    • Displacement
    • Displacement
    • Displacement
    • Dispossession
    • Dispossession
    • Dispossession
    • Education
    • Education
    • Elderly
    • Elderly
    • Energy
    • Energy
    • Epidemics, diseases
    • Epidemics, diseases
    • ESC rights
    • ESC rights
    • ESC rights
    • Extraterritorial obligations
    • Extraterritorial obligations
    • Fact finding mission/field research
    • Farmers/Peasants
    • Financialization
    • Financialization
    • Financialization
    • Food (rights, sovereignty, crisis)
    • Food (rights, sovereignty, crisis)
    • Forced evictions
    • Forced evictions
    • Forced evictions
    • Gentrification
    • Gentrification
    • Health
    • Health
    • Historic heritage sites
    • Historic heritage sites
    • Homeless
    • Homeless
    • Homeless
    • Housing crisis
    • Housing rights
    • Housing rights
    • Housing rights
    • Human rights
    • Human rights
    • Human rights
    • Immigrants
    • Immigrants
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Indigenous peoples
    • Informal settlements
    • Internal migrants
    • Internal migrants
    • Internal migrants
    • Land rights
    • Landless
    • Legal frameworks
    • Legal frameworks
    • Legal frameworks
    • Livelihoods
    • Local Governance
    • Local Governance
    • Local Governance
    • Low income
    • Norms and standards
    • Norms and standards
    • Norms and standards
    • Property rights
    • Public policies
    • Public policies
    • Public policies
    • Public programs and budgets
    • Public programs and budgets
    • Public programs and budgets
    • Refugees
    • Refugees
    • Religious
    • Religious
    • Reparations / restitution of rights
    • Research
    • Research
    • Right to the city
    • Right to the city
    • Security of tenure
    • Security of tenure
    • Security of tenure
    • Stateless
    • Stateless
    • Subsidies
    • Subsidies
    • Temporary shelter
    • Temporary shelter
    • Tenants
    • Tenants
    • UN system
    • UN system
    • UN system
    • Unemployed
    • Unemployed
    • Urban planning
    • Urban planning
    • Water&sanitation
    • Water&sanitation
    • Women
    • Women
    • Youth
    • Youth

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