On Saturday afternoon activists from SFP, joined by the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, reclaimed the land at Huwwara checkpoint. Dressed in traditional farmers clothing activists marched on Huwwara checkpoint and planted olive trees on the land next to the checkpoint.
By taking the Army by surprise activist were able to successfully plant all the trees and then stage a sit-in on the land. Activists also danced Dabke, the traditional Palestinian dance, while chanting their message: “this is our land and we are taking it back”. They then proceeded to dance Dabke around the checkpoint as the Army presence grew. The Army positioned at least 10 soldiers in sniper positions towards the peaceful activists and around 50 soldiers gathered at the checkpoint. Activists were defiant against this harassment and aggression on their land.
The soldiers also briefly detained a Palestinian journalist, asking him who had organised the action. He was released after refusing to answer their questions and succumb to their intimidation.
The action was to mark Land Day, a day commemorated every year on 30 March by Palestinians.Land Day marks the events in 1976 when Apartheid Israel confiscated over 60,000 dunums of Palestinians land in the Galilee area of Palestine. This sparked widespread popular resistance to the Occupation and a general strike that lasted 6 months. Many Palestinians were killed and attacked in the brutal crackdown by Apartheid Israel.
But as then, Palestinians today remain steadfast. SFP and activists affirmed their rights to take back their land, raped and pillaged by Apartheid Israel. Huwwara checkpoint was one of the most brutal checkpoints in the West Bank area of Palestine. It cuts the north off from the middle and southern West Bank. Soldiers closed the checkpoint at will and many Palestinians have been shot and died on the land. Land which was formerly rich with olive trees. It is this past beauty activists seek to reclaim from the brutality of Apartheid Israel.
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