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PA depicts a world without Israel
Denying Israel’s right to exist
PA daily article calls Israel "'48 territories," "this entity" and "the interior"
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida - Mar. 30, 2015
 






Headline: “The masses of our people celebrate the 39th anniversary of the eternal Land Day”
     “Although it has been 39 years, the Palestinians of the ’48 territories (i.e., Israeli Arabs) have not grown tired of marking Land Day. They concur that Land Day is the most prominent among their days of struggle and that it is a turning point in the history of their survival, national affiliation and identity since the 1948 Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), and is proof that they are holding on to their homeland and their land.  The Palestinian land is the supporting pillar of the success of the ’Zionist enterprise’ according to the Zionist writings, especially those published by the First Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897. Ever since its establishment, this entity strived to implement the policy of Judaizing the Arab land and uprooting the Palestinians from their land by [carrying out] dreadful massacres against them. The authorities did not stop at expropriating land that Palestinians had been expelled from - they also expropriated the land from those Palestinians who had remained on their land.
It should be noted that between 1948 and 1972 Israel expropriated more than a million acres of land from Arab villages in the Galilee and the Triangle (i.e., a concentration of Israeli-Arab towns and villages adjacent to the Green Line in northern Israel). Land Day is a turning point in the relations between the ’Israeli authorities' and the Palestinians of 1948, since responding the way it did, Israel sought to prove to the angry masses that they [the Israelis] were the ‘masters of the land.’ It was the first explicit mass act of defiance against the occupying entity by the angry masses. Many believe that Land Day directly contributed to the unification of the Palestinian ranks in the interior (i.e., in Israel).”

Note: Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.

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