Review and Mail Writer
This past week, the nation Palestine and it’s residents all over the world rallied to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Land Day, celebrations which over the years have been characterised by rallies, demonstrations, general strikes and the planting of olive trees near the border with Israel.
The Land Day commemorations can be traced back to March 30 1976, when the Palestinians in Israel protested against the Israeli seizure of about 2100 hectares of Palestinian village’s land in the Galilee region in northern Israel.
In a statement on their Facebook page, in commemoration of the Land Day celebrations, the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Zimbabwe said the Land Day is a reminder of the turning point of the rise of Palestinians against Israeli colonialism.
“On this day in 1976, thousands of Palestinians marched in towns and villages across the Galilee region in the north of present-day Israel, to protest Israel to protest Israel’s expropriation of vast tracts of land as part of its openly declared policy to “Judaize” the area at the expense of the indigenous population.
“The Day of the Land or Land Day, marked a turning point as the first mass mobilization by Palestinians within Israel against internal colonialism and land theft. Its commemoration is a reaffirmation that the Palestinians who remained in the areas on which Israel was declared in 1948 are an inseparable part of the Palestinian people and their struggle.
“Land day continues to resonate with Palestinians everywhere because it does not just mark a past historical event, but draws attention to Israel’s ongoing violent, settler-colonial process of “Judaization.” Israel continues to steal land from Palestinians and to displace them in every part of historic Palestine from the north, to the occupied West Bank, to the Naqab (Negev) in the south,” read the statement.
Zimbabwe and Palestine have shared strong bilateral and diplomatic relations which go way back to the days of the liberation struggle.
In 2021, the two countries collaborated through music in condemning the Israeli occupation.
Lyrics of the are in both English and Shona and are a war cry for peace and justice imploring the people of Palestine to relentlessly continue fighting just as what Zimbabwe did in the struggle that led to independence in 1980.
Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to recognise the State of Palestine as soon as it was declared in 1988 and since then, continued to play its part in advocating for peace and justice among the people of Palestine.