UAWC concludes Land Day events by planting 1000 trees in the West Bank
The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) organized numerous events in different areas of the West bank governorates in commemoration of Land Day. Nearly 900 volunteers and farmers from the various governorates, in addition to several volunteer and student groups, participated. The activities of this year's Land Day included planting of 1,000 trees on more than 100 dunums of land threatened with confiscation and settler violence. Land Day this year has coincided with increasing onslaught of Israeli forces and settlers on the Palestinians and their land. It is also in conjunction with the enactment of new laws intended to advance an Israeli apartheid agenda of seizing more land, uprooting and displacing Palestinians. Land Day, which is annually commemorated by UAWC, represents the kinship shared among Palestinians in all regions of the world, affirming their right to their land against the Israeli occupation. Additionally, Land Day is a response to the dredging, uprooting and confiscation of the Israeli government and its settlers, where more than 7,000 trees were uprooted and razed in 2018, and thousands of dunums belonging to Palestinians were seized and appropriated to settlers. UAWC commenced the Land Day activities in the village of Battir in the Bethlehem governate, with the participation of 200 volunteers and farmers from La Via Campesina Palestine. The event included a 2-kilometer hike and planting 300 olive seedlings in areas of the village threatened with confiscation. As for the governate of Ramallah, several events were carried out, such as the planting of olive seedlings in the villages of Beit Rima, Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya, Sinjil, and Abwein and with the participation of ‘Al’ard Lana’ volunteer group and 300 volunteers from several governorates of the West Bank. In addition to planting 150 seedlings in cooperation with the municipality of Ramallah during the Nawar Nisan festival, trees were planted in Turmsayya and the Jebel al-Risan area threatened with seizure, in which settlers have already uprooted some of the trees that were planted during the event. In the Nablus governorate, 120 olive seedlings were planted in the villages of Beit Imrin, Asira al-Qibliya and Furush Beit Dajan, with the participation of school students, volunteers and members of La Via Campesina Palestine. In Deir Ballut in the Salfit Governorate, La Via Campesina Palestine planted 50 olive seedlings with farmers residing in the area. In Tubas, La Via Campesina Palestine conducted several agricultural activities on land threated with confiscation belonging to the Aqaba and Tammoun areas, where 90 olive seedlings were planted. As for Jenin, 70 seedlings were planted in Arrabah village as part of the Land Day activities. It is worth mentioning that UAWC annually commemorates Land Day in cooperation with farmers and voluntary groups believing in the significance of this day on the Palestinian national agenda, as it asserts solidarity among the Palestinian people. Moreover, Land Day has been commemorated since March 30th, 1976, when six Palestinians were killed during the Palestinian uprising at the time as a response to the Israeli government’s decision to seize 21,000 dunums from the Golan Heights, the Triangle, and the Negev desert. As follows, this day became to be known as a day to commemorate the martyrs of Land Day and to promote Palestinian resilience and steadfastness on their land.