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‘We are one people. They are us and we are them’: Palestinians in the West Bank mark Land Day and the Great March of Return

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Around a hundred Palestinians defied bad weather on March 30th and gathered near the illegal settlement and army base of Beit El in Ramallah to mark Land Day.

Land Day is a yearly event during which Palestinians commemorate the Israeli government’s confiscation of thousands of dunums of land from Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976, and the killing of six Palestinians in the protests that followed.

This year, protesters also came out in support of Gaza and to mark the one-year anniversary of the Great March of Return. The series of marches and protests started one year ago to protest the blockade and demand the Palestinian right of return, to which Israeli soldiers have responded with lethal force.

A female Palestinian protester makes a victory sign.
A female Palestinian protester makes a victory sign. Almost half of those attending the demonstration were women.
(Photo: Annelies Keuleers)
Palestinian protesters use a waste container to take cover from the Israeli army
Palestinian protesters use a waste container to take cover from the Israeli army. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)

The United Nations recently released statistics stating that the Israeli army has killed 195 Palestinians since March 30 2018, 41 of which were children. A little short of 29,000 Palestinians were wounded, 25% of them with live fire. One Israeli soldier was killed and 50 Israelis were reported injured by Palestinian actions in the same period.

Protesters in Ramallah told Mondoweiss they were there to defend their homeland. They also expressed their support for the marches in Gaza. “We are one people. They are us and we are them,” one masked youth said who preferred not to give his name.

A collection of stones is seen on a concrete block during protests
A collection of stones is seen on a concrete block during protests. Protesters are often seen handing each other stones. Some collect them, some throw them. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)
Some protestors take cover while others hurl stones during the clashes near Beit El.
Some protestors take cover while others hurl stones during the clashes near Beit El. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)
A protester starts running as he hears the sound of live bullets.
A protester starts running as he hears the sound of live bullets. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)

The Israeli army used tear gas, sound grenades, and live bullets against protesters. They also deployed skunk water, a foul smelling liquid sprayed from a water canon, to disperse protesters. The smell lingered in the area for hours after the clashes ended.

An Israeli army jeep sprays skunk water towards protesters
An Israeli army jeep sprays skunk water towards protesters. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)
A female Palestinian protester takes coverage behind a waste container.
A female Palestinian protester takes coverage behind a waste container. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)
A Palestinian medic uses her hand to cover her nose as the stench of skunk pervades the air
A Palestinian medic uses her hand to cover her nose as the stench of skunk pervades the air. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)

Other protests took place in different locations in the West Bank; Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus, Nabi Saleh, Hebron, and the Jabal Mukabir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. One person in Nablus was injured in the face by a tear gas canister.

The Gaza health ministry reported that three were killed in Gaza, including a 17-year-old, and 316 Palestinians were wounded.

An Israeli army commander shouts at journalists to move away from the protest.
An Israeli army commander shouts at journalists to move away from the protest. (Photo: Annelies Keuleers)
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Speaking of stolen-land and whose-land and magically-“Israeli” land, I looked at the nytimes.com op-ed page just now and there’s the latest groan-inducing story by loathsome Bari Weiss. The headline is “Can an Archaeological Dig Change the Future of Jerusalem?” and obviously the implication is that the dig will “prove” that… Read more »

what awesome photographs. thank you Annelies Keuleers. i liked visiting your instagram too for photos and your commentary

in the narrow spaces where Palestinians are allowed to breathe, there is so much living.

Al Jazeera new documentary about Jerusalem

Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place – P1(Israel, Trump & future of Jerusalem)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnhlubuhC5E

” So, it turned out that David was a real person”

And here is the definitive proof all captured on camera:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VCHO50wOE0

I do think that the royal house of Judah around 850 was known to some as the House of David. That is a long way, of course, from proving the Deuteronomist account of the United Monarchy, which underlies the view of history rather strongly advocated by Zionist historiography, which overlooks… Read more »