Israeli Arabs set for general strike, protests on 40th annual Land Day

March 30, 2016 03:48


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The Arab Higher Monitoring Committee said Israeli Arabs will protest and hold a general strike on the 40th annual Land Day on Wednesday.

The protests, to take place in various Arab localities across the country, would be against government house demolitions and the threat of the evacuation of unrecognized illegal Beduin settlements in the Negev.

The main event will be held in the northern town of Arrabe at 4 p.m., with events also taking place earlier in neighboring Sakhnin, Deir Hanna, and Kafr Kana. A separate protest is scheduled to take place at the unrecognized Beduin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev at 4 p.m.

Land Day is held March 30 every year to commemorate the deaths, in the 1976 riots, of six Galilee Arabs over a government decision to confiscate land.

“Land Day comes as incitement and racism against the Arab public is in full force,” Joint List MK Ahmad Tibi told The Jerusalem Post. “There is a new wave of demolitions and worst of all is the decision to demolish the village of Umm al-Hiran and the expulsion of its residents to establish a Jewish settlement in its place."

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