Thousands in the streets for Palestine Land Day

Monday 30 March 2009, by ALTERNATIVES

Today, March 30, thousands of people in Palestine, in Europe or in the Americas (including Montreal) are mobilizing for the 32nd annual commemoration of Palestinian Land Day.

Land Day marks the date of the Palestinian demonstration that occurred in the Galilee against a wide-scale land confiscation, when Israeli forces killed 6 Palestinians, injured 96 and arrested 300.

The Land Day protests of the people in Palestine and around the
world are focused on the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions (BDS). The call for a global day of action on March 30 came out of the World Social Forum in Belem (Brazil) and aims to promote BDS as the most effective tool to stop Israeli policies of land theft and colonization and the discrimination, massacres and ethnic cleansing that have been carried out against the Palestinian people in pursuit of these
goals.

Actions all across historic Palestine tie the ongoing defense of
Palestinian land and agriculture from the Wall and settlement project to
the call for boycott of Israeli products and institutions. Where farming
becomes a form of resistance, choosing Palestinian over Israeli products
is an essential part of the Palestinian struggle for justice, freedom,
and return. Where a people is besieged, bombed and starved with the
complicity of governments around the world, the call for global BDS
becomes an essential tool to break the siege.

In Montreal :

5:30 PM: Protest at the Israeli consulate and a symbolic planting of an olive tree
Where: corner Ste-Catherine & Greene - metro Atwater

7:00 PM: The Destruction of Gaza an eyewitness report and slide show by Ehab Lotayef (in Gaza till March 11th)
Where: Atwater library auditorium -1200 Atwater street

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