Date: 30 March 2020
On Land Day Civil Society Urge Accountability and End to Israel’s Illegal Closure of Gaza
For the past two years,[i] Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip have gathered on a near-weekly basis to participate in the Great Return March demonstrations at the Gaza perimeter fence, calling for an end to Israel’s illegal closure of the Gaza Strip and the realisation of Palestinian refugees’ right of return to their homes, lands, and property, as mandated by international law.[ii] The Great Return March started on 30 March, a central date in Palestinian collective memory, marking Land Day, which commemorates the killing of six Palestinians citizens of Israel in 1976 and the injury of 70 others by Israeli police, while protesting Israel’s expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land in the Galilee.[iii] The 1976 wave of land dispossessions epitomized Israel’s consistent and ongoing practices to deprive the Palestinian people of its homes, lands, water and other natural resources.
[i] Al-Haq, “30 March: 15 Palestinians Killed, more than a Thousand Injured, as IOF Violently Suppress Palestinian Protestors in the Gaza Strip,” 31 March 2018, available at: http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/6252.html; Middle East Monitor, “Gaza halts Great March of Return for Three months,” 27 December 2019, available at: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191227-gaza-halts-great-march-of-return-for-three-months/.[ii] For more information, see Al-Haq, “Q&A The Great Return March: One Year On,” 25 May 2019, available at: http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/6044.html; and Al-Haq, “Al-Haq Reaffirms Rights-Based Root Causes of Great Return March at its One-Year Commemoration in the Gaza Strip,” 30 March 2019, available at: http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/6078.html.[iii] Al-Haq, “The Nakba 70 Years On: Israel’s Failure to Erase Palestinian Collective Memory,” 15 May 2018, Rania Muhareb, available at: http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/6215.html…… Press here