Subject: [HumanRights] Land Day
This is just one of thousands of similar stories. 530 Palestinian villages and towns completely depopulated between 1947-1950, More in 1967 and beyond. 6,000 homes demolished in the past 7 years, and on and on. Palestinians no matter were they are remain connected to the land (just look at their love of Zeit w Zaater, artifacts they keep whether in a refugee shack or in a million dollar home in the US..).
There is a review of the bigger picture tragic history of ethnic cleansing in my 2004 book "Sharing the Land of Canaan" including a map of shrinking land left for a planned Palestinian bantustan/ghetto/reservation (see map and sample chapters at http://www.qumsiyeh.org
Below are a couple of good articles about Land Day:
What is Land Day
FAQ's on Land Day
This land was theirs by Hannah Mermelstein
ACTION: Make noise, write letters to editor about Palestine and the role of the Israel-first lobby in US foreign policy, write letters to politicians and decision makers etc. If you are Palestinian, consider participation in Birthright Palestine. "Birthright Palestine is a unique program by native Palestinians for Diaspora Palestinians, so as to assimilate them back into their homeland via cultural immersion. It is meant to gather first-generation, western-born Palestinians (over the age of 18-years old) in their ancestral homeland, so that they can reunite and witness firsthand how their brethren are living under illegal Israeli military occupation, while assimilating them into Palestinian society.
for more see http://www.birthrightpalestine
If you are not Palestinian, consider going to Palestine with the Palestine Summer Celebration program: http://www.sirajcenter.org/
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