Occupied Palestine (In Palestine Today)- Palestinians mark today the 45th anniversary of the Land Day, by organizing rallies and marches in several Arab towns inside the Green Lines, mainly in the towns where Israeli occupation forces killed six Palestinians and injured hundreds on March 30, 1976.
Palestinians were protesting that day against Israel’s expropriation of thousands of donums of their lands. Since then, this day has been known as Land Day.
The main events are expected to take place this afternoon in the towns of Sakhnin, Arrabeh, Deir Hanna, Kufr Kanna, and Taybeh.
People will visit graves of their sons killed by the occupation forces and march through the towns, with the central rally planned in the town of Arrabeh.
On this day, Palestinians emphasise their resistance to Israeli occupation and steadfastness. They remind the world that Israel’s colonisation of their land has been continuous since the establishment of the so-called ‘Israel’.
According to a recent report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), since 1948, Israeli occupation authorities laid hand over more than 85% of the total area of the lands of historical Palestine at a time when Jews in the era of the pre-1948 British Mandate exploited only 1,682 square kilometers, or 6.2% of the lands of historical Palestine.
By the end of 2019, there were 461 Israeli occupation sites and military bases in the West Bank, including 151 settlements and 26 inhabited outposts that were considered as “neighborhoods” following established settlements, in addition to 140 settlement outposts, said PCBS.
As for the number of settlers in the West Bank, it reached 688,262 settlers by the end of 2019; at a growth rate of almost 2.6%.
Data shows that around 46% of the settlers live in Jerusalem governorate, where their number reached about 316,176 settlers; out of which 232,093 settlers live in occupied East Jerusalem.
In regards to demographics, the proportion of settlers to the Palestinian population in the West Bank is about 23 settlers per 100 Palestinians, and it was the highest in Jerusalem Governorate, where there were 69 settlers per 100 Palestinians.
2020 witnessed a significant increase in the pace of construction and expansion of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, where the Israeli occupation approved the construction of 6,719 new settlement housing units in addition to plans of establishing 12,159 colonial units during the same year and 11 new settlement outposts were approved to be established on illegally seized Palestinian land, said the PCBS.