Land Day in Palestine Date in the current year: March 30, 2016

Land Day in Palestine On March 30, Palestinians observe Land Day. It commemorates the events of March 30, 1976, when a general strike took place in response to the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate lands in the Galilee for official use.

The expropriation plan was published on March 11, 1976. It affected about 20,000 dunams of land, of which more than 6,000 dunams were owned by Arabs. The expropriation was a response to Palestinian resistance and was aimed at the judaization of the Galilee.

Palestinian leaders responded to the plan with marches and general strikes that were held on March 30. The protests took place throughout the Arab settlements in Israel, Gaza Strip, West Bank, and refugee camps for Palestinians in Lebanon. The riots were suppressed by the Israeli Defense Forces and Police. Six Arab citizens were killed, and about 100 were injured.

The events of that day were one of the pivotal points of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Land Day, Palestinians commemorate those who have given their lives in the struggle to hold onto their land. Many Arab citizens of Israel use it as an opportunity to express their political discontent and organize protests, general strikes, and demonstrations.

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