Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories yesterday during several Land Day events. One of the demonstrations, pictured here, was held near the eastern boundary of Gaza City in the “buffer zone” or no-man’s land, which Israel enforces along the wall inside Gaza. This land covers approximately 17% of Gaza’s land area, including 35% of its agricultural land, and Gazans are prohibited from accessing it.

Land Day is held annually by Palestinians to commemorate the events that took place on March 30, 1976. On that day, many demonstrations and a general strike were held in Arab towns inside Israel in response to an Israeli government plan to expropriate large amounts privately-owned land. Six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others were arrested. 

PHOTOS: Jehad Saftawi/IMEU