JERUSALEM, March 31 (JMCC) - Palestinians planted 2,000 trees in areas threatened with Israeli settlement
in the city of Jerusalem
The event marked Land Day, an annual commemoration of clashes between Palestinian citizens of Israel
and Israeli forces.
Today's events are a practical response to Israel's plans to destroy and conceal the history of Jerusalem, said Sheikh Ali Abu Sheikha, representative of the Islamic Movement for Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque.
He noted that the seedlings were purposefully planted in Silwan
, al-Tor, Sheikh Jarrah
- all neighborhoods occupied by Israel in 1967 and targeted for Israeli settlement expansion.
It was the second year Palestinians carried out the tree planting on Land Day in the city.
Our message to Israel on the 34th anniversary of Land Day is 'You may deploy force and bulldozers, but we have the will because our roots are stronger than the bulldozer,' said Fateh
leader in Jerusalem Hatem Abdel Qader
Land Day marks a 1976 clash when six Arab citizens of Israel were killed in confrontations with Israeli forces.