Over a thousand protesters rallied in the northern Israeli town of Arraba on Sunday in addition to numerous rallies in the West Bank and Gaza commemorating Land Day, the annual day of protest against the Israeli occupation and the deaths of six unarmed citizens during a mass protest against Israeli land siezures in 1976.
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Six protesters were arrested during a pre-Land Day rally in Jerusalem on Saturday as police clashed with dozens in Jerusalem. Several demonstrators and four journalists including photographers from AFP and Reuters were injured.
As tensions remained high on Sunday, human rights organization Amnesty International warned Israel to not use violence against protesters.
“Amid news of plans for forced evictions of Bedouin in the Negev/Naqab, demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and the often lethal enforcement of a no-go zone in Gaza, ‘Land Day’ demonstrations will protest ongoing policies as well as commemorate historical events. Israeli forces must not resort to unnecessary or excessive force as they so often have done in the past,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International.
“Israel’s authorities have failed to respect the right of Palestinians to exercise their right to freedom of peaceful assembly,” Luther added. “Amnesty International’s researchers will be monitoring events on Sunday closely to examine whether the rights of demonstrators are respected.”
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