[Dublin] Keffiyehs and Dabke for Palestinian Land Day – Commemoration
Join us this Thursday 30th March from 5pm to 6.30pm at the top of Grafton Street (St. Stephen’s Green end), Dublin 2 to commemorate Palestinian Land Day and celebrate Palestinian resistance to Israel’s ongoing land expropriation, colonisation, occupation and apartheid. We are asking people to wear Black & White Keffiyeh Scarves if they have them, and to come along to look at and take part in some traditional Palestinian Dabke dancing.
On 30th March 1976 Israeli military forces shot and killed six young Palestinian citizens of Israel. These young men were among thousands protesting the Israeli government’s expropriation of Palestinian land. The tragic events are now marked every year by commemorating Land Day.
Forty-one years after the first Land Day demonstrations, Israel continues its expropriation and colonization of Palestinian land. Israel continues to expand its illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, forcing Palestinians from their land. Palestinians also face dispossession and displacement inside Israel. Inside Israel, Palestinian citizens still face severe discrimination regarding access to land and housing and in the Naqab/Negev desert the Israeli government entertains ideas about driving tens of thousands of Palestiniain Bedouins from their ancestral homelands to make way for the ‘Judaization’ – in the parlance of the Israeli state – of the area.
In all of these ongoing crimes Israel has acted with impunity, as the international community has failed to take action to stop them. Therefore, international civil society has mobilised in support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it ends its occupation and fulfills its obligations under international law. Join us to commemorate and celebrate the ongoing Palestinian resistance.