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Palestinians demonstrate on Land Day and anniversary of the Great March of Return
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Tens of thousands protest in Gaza
Palestinians across Israel and West Bank also mark Land Day
Four Palestinians killed

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Fourth Palestinian has died today
8 months ago

Gaza Ministry of Health says 17-year-old Bilal Mahmoud al-Najjar was shot east of Khan Younis.

Video: Gaza protests, one year on
8 months ago

Today marks 365 days since the Great March of Return demonstrations began along the Gaza-Israel border.

Since then, nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed and 29,000 wounded by Israeli forces.

Watch Middle East Eye's video here:

Third Palestinian killed
8 months ago

A third Palestinian protester has been killed, according to Gaza's health ministry.

Tamer Abu al-Kheir, 17, was the shot in the chest east of Khan Younes, the ministry said.

Using Save the Children's statistics cited earlier, that means 51 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces since the Great March of Return began.

Speeches in Sakhnin
8 months ago

Hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel have now congregated in Sakhnin and are listening to politicians give speeches.

“In Sakhnin, in Gaza and the West Bank, the Palestinian people have announced their attachment to its land, to its nation and its shared fate,” Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament and head of the Balad party, told MEE in Sakhnin.

The position of Palestinian citizens of Israel has again been under scrutiny ahead of 9 April’s parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of victimising the community to drum up support.

“Today martyrs fell in Gaza on Land Day. From here, we send our greetings to our people in Gaza,” Mohammed Baraka, head of the Arab Follow-Up Committee, which represents Palestinian citizens of Israel, told the crowd in Sakhnin.

He railed against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Israel’s control over the occupied Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

“It may take time but states of tyranny will fall and states of freedom will rise. Trump’s declaration granting the Golan to Israel, this declaration will fall because there is no right over our right.”

Over 200 Palestinians wounded
8 months ago

The health ministry in Gaza has released the latest toll of wounded protesters, and numbers are rising all the time.

It says 244 have been wounded, five of which are in critical condition. Eight more are moderately injured.

A Palestinian man carried a wounded protester to safety in the Gaza Strip (MEE/Mohamed Asad)
A Palestinian man carried a wounded protester to safety in the Gaza Strip (MEE/Mohamed Asad)
'We do not fear their fire'
8 months ago

In Gaza, Hussein Swedan, 15, is playing with empty teargas canisters.

He’s a refugee, and his family are originally from Ramla, a city in central Israel that his relatives were expelled from during the 1948 Nakba.

“I came here to tell the world and the Israeli occupation that I will never forget the land of my fathers and grandfathers. We have a home in Ramla and we will one day return to it,” he tells MEE.

Hussein Swedan, 15, plays with an empty teargas canister (MEE)
Hussein Swedan, 15, plays with an empty teargas canister (MEE)

“I have participated in almost all of the protests and I am here to reiterated that we will continue until achieving our goals - breaking the siege and paving the way to return to my grandfather’s home.

"I tell the Israeli occupation that we do not fear their fire."