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Palestine: Land Day reinforces 48-Palestinians’ steadfastness, worshipers foil MK attempt to storm Aqsa mosque & protest attacked

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Land Day reinforces 48-Palestinians’ steadfastness

NAZARETH, (PIC)– 1948-Palestinian citizens started preparations to mark the 37th anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day to expose the Israeli crimes against Arab citizens, emphasizing their adherence to the right of return.

The Arab Higher Follow up Committee inside the Green Line declared series of activities and marches in Sakhnin and occupied Negev and Taiba city to celebrate the Palestinian Land Day as a historical and national occasion.

The committee declared its intention to organize a sit-in and hunger strike on Thursday outside Megiddo prison in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ issue and the political prisoners in particular.

The Palestinian Land Day dated back to 1976 when the Israeli government confiscated thousands of dunums of Arab-owned lands. The Arab citizens in Palestinian occupied territories in 1948 declared a general strike protesting the confiscation of lands on March 30 and it was the first Arab protest since 1948 against Israeli policies in 48 occupied territories.

The occupation authorities responded violently to the Arab protests, where IOF brutally stormed and occupied Arab villages, killing, injuring and arresting a number of unarmed Arab citizens.

Sheikh Raed Salah confirmed that Land Day reinforces patriotism and sacrifice, stressing the Arab citizens’ steadfastness against the Israeli racist practices.

All Palestinian national and popular forces in West Bank, Gaza strip, and Diaspora, declared a number of events to mark Land Day in coincidence with the Israeli escalating campaign of land confiscation, bulldozing, and settlement construction.

One of Umm al-Fahm residents, Abdul Aziz Khaled, stated that Land Day constitutes an occasion of renewing our pledge to the martyrs who fell in defense of the Palestinian national identity and land.

For his part, Sa’id Abdullah from the town of Kafr Kanna stressed that Land Day is a national occasion that unites the Palestinian people and confirms their struggle against the Israeli Judaization project until gaining their legitimate rights.

1948-Arab citizens are subjected to Israeli Judaization projects and Israeli confiscation schemes, where we are banned from marking the Nakbah and Land Day by the Israeli law, Adbullah continued, stressing their adherence to their rights.

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Worshipers foil MK attempt to storm Aqsa mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The presence of a big number of worshipers in the Aqsa mosque foiled an attempt by Knesset member Moshe Feiglin to storm it in the company of a number of settlers.

Jerusalemite sources said that Feiglin’s attempt on Wednesday was indefinitely postponed after the Israeli police forces prevented him from entering fearing clashes with the big number of worshipers inside it.

The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that Sheikh Abdulazim Salhab, the head of the Awkaf council, and Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, the Mufti of Al-Quds, were among the worshipers.

It quoted both religious officials as rejecting the storming of the Aqsa mosque by Jewish settlers and under Israeli armed protection, and affirming that the holy site was the sole right of Muslims.

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Palestinian child among five injured in IOF shooting of protestors

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Five Palestinian citizens including a 15-year-old child were wounded in confrontations with the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in downtown Al-Khalil on Wednesday.

Sources at the ambulance and emergency department in Al-Khalil said that the boy Yousef Abu Aisha was hit with a rubber bullet in the head.

They said that the child was rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure and fainting, adding that the four other young men were also hit with rubber bullets.

IOF soldiers had sealed off Beersheba street in central Al-Khalil to allow Jewish settlers visit a cemetery and offer Talmudic rituals at the grave of what they call Anta’il Bin Qanz for “blessing”.

Palestinian young men threw stones and empty bottles at the settlers prompting IOF soldiers to intervene and fire rubber bullets at the youths.

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