By Youssef Sourgo
By Youssef Sourgo
Morocco World News
Casablanca, April2, 2013
Israeli Arabs and Palestinians have marked last Saturday the 37th anniversary of “Earth Day,” thus commemorating the death of Israeli Arabs during the protests against land confiscation by Israel on 30 March 1976.
According to the newspaper L’Opinion, the commemoration took place in Sakhnin, an Arab town in northern Israel, where the memorial of the six Arab protesters killed in 1976 is located.
The event took place in the presence of thousands of people carrying Palestinian flags, noted Agence France Presse.
The mayor of the city, Mr. Mazen Ghanaim, paid tribute to the “martyrs” and called on the Palestinians to continue fighting for their land.
A thousand of protesters also marched at the crossroad Shoket, in the Negev desert in favor of a Palestinian state and in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
They also denounced a recent plan of the government presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to settle tens of thousands of Bedouin in the Negev desert, and criminated Israel of annexing Bedouin lands.
Furthermore, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad symbolically planted olive trees on the site of an Israeli settlement project, called “E1,” near Jerusalem, which will connect the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim to areas of Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, and will cut the West Bank into two, undermining the viability of a Palestinian state.
“The presence of our people in every corner of our land will remain as deeply rooted as the olive tree,” said Mr. Fayyad.
Israeli police dispersed the gathering and confiscated the olives, said Luba Samri, a spokesperson for the police.
Moreover, some 200 Palestinians planted olive trees on a land belonging to a Palestinian family. Consequently, three participants were arrested for trespassing a land belonging to the state, said Ms. Samri.
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