Palestinians wishing to return to their land-roots, and olive tree heritage, can celebrate Palestine Land Day. An unsung protest of the Palestinian cause is nearly upon us. March 30 presents Palestine's Land Day - a day which has in the past been overlooked by more prominent calendar dates. But perhaps this year it will attract its share of attention, as Palestinians get riled up to make some peaceful protest! to mark the memory of confiscated lands and ongoing losses in 2012, in home and land-stakes.
Marching for Milk and Honey Land
Activists have settled on a cohesive doubled-pronged “Global March to Jerusalem” that essentially aims to reach Jerusalem from both Lebanon and West Bank borders. In theory, peaceful marches are scheduled to storm Israel's borders in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and before Israeli embassies worldwide.
Propelled by their Arab brothers in strife in Syria to Egypt, they may want to grab some headlines and remind us that their struggle against Apartheid and Judaization of Jerusalem and beyond has only just started.
Global March on Jerusalem
What's on the cards for Land Day 2012? The initiative most talked about is the GMJ - the Global Marches to Jeruslam. Slogans and posters are promoting action for the day. And hiking boots!
“The march will demand freedom for Jerusalem and its people and to put an end to the Apartheid, ethnic cleansing and Judaisation policies affecting the people, land and sanctity of Jerusalem,”
“We aim to highlight the cause of Jerusalem (the City of Peace) which is considered the key to peace and war in the region and the world.
The Promised Land to get explosive?
Israel has geared up for the occasion of Palestinians attempting to march on Jeruslaem. The state has issued warnings - thus covering their backs - such that post Flotilla fatalities and Nakba Day chaos, some expect violence to break out if the IDF deem the Palestinians as trouble-making against their advice. People, IDF not excepting, forecast that the hot spots could be Kalandia and Jeruslaem itself, where passions will be running high.
In reality, armchair activists may exceed any realistic marching facts on the ground. Or otherwise, it is predicted that West Bankers may not wish to jeopardize their relative safety and economic security of late.
A look at the plans for the day and the history of this commemoration in pictures.
What are your projections or expectations for Land Day 2012? Do you think the hype will have to succumb to the realities of well-guarded borders and people who do not want to risk their relative security?