Israel Suppresses Demonstration on Land Day near Nablus

NABLUS, March 30, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army and police Monday cracked down on a demonstration which was organized by activists in Huwwara, south of Nablus, on the 39th anniversary of the Land Day.

According to witnesses, hundreds of peaceful protesters were planting olive saplings on a land threatened with confiscation by Israel, when Israeli police and army soldiers attacked them with tear and pepper gas canisters, causing dozens of suffocation cases. Soldiers also beat up some of the demonstrators.

The incident came only a day after Israeli army quelled a peaceful demonstration near the border east of Khan Younes, south of the Gaza Strip, which took place to mark the occasion of Land Day.

Palestinians mark Land Day on March 30 to commemorate the events which took place in 1976, when the Israeli government announced a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for security and settlement purposes.

Following the announcement, a general strike and marches were organized in Arab towns from the Galilee to the Naqab. In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six unarmed Arab citizens were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others arrested