Palestinians Commemorate 41st Anniversary of Land Day

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Palestinians Commemorate 41st Anniversary of Land Day

The PLO Delegation Commemorates 41st Anniversary of Palestinian Land Day 

The General Delegation of the PLO to the United States joins the Palestinian people in Palestine and the Diaspora in commemorating Palestine’s 41st Land Day. On March 30, 1976, Israel announced plans to expropriate over 10,000 acres of land from Palestinian villages in the Galilee area. The Palestinians rose in the first act of mass, nonviolent resistance inside Israel to voice their strong opposition to the illegal expansionist practices by Israel. These peaceful protestors were met with violence by Israeli forces leaving six Palestinians dead, hundreds injured, and many more arrested.

Despite the objection of the Palestinian people as well as governments across the world, Israel continues its policy of confiscating Palestinian land in the occupied territories and in East Jerusalem, four decades after the original Land Day actions. The continued illegal Israeli settlement activity results in grave implications and seriously risks the prospects of peace in our region.

As we commemorate this occasion, the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States commends the Palestinian people for their steadfastness and unwavering commitment not only to their land, but also to their inalienable rights to independence and self-determination. No occupying power will manage to break our deep ties to our land and we will ceaselessly continue our efforts toward the creation of an independent Palestine.

Dome of the Rock view from Jerusalem street. Photo courtesy Ray Hanania

Dome of the Rock view from Jerusalem street in Occupied Jerusalem. Photo courtesy Ray Hanania

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com

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