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Protest: the Great March of Return in Gaza
March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tear Down the Walls: The Great March of Return in Gaza, One Year On
Palestinians and their allies in Boston and across the world will gather to commemorate the first anniversary of the Great March of Return, which began in the Gaza Strip last year. On Land Day 2018, 30,000 Palestinians marched in an attempt to return home to the villages they were forced to flee 70 years ago, many of which lay just across the fences that surround Gaza. The protests were planned to last six weeks, from Land Day on March 30 to Nakba Day on May 15. During that time, the Israeli military killed over 100 protestors and injured thousands more, most of whom were civilians, including medics, journalists, and many children. Protests continued after May 15 as a result and many more Palestinians have been killed and injured since.
Land is vitally important. It literally and figuratively feeds the people that live upon it. The settler-colonial practices of stealing, controlling, and abusing land has occurred all over the world, from the Americas to Africa to Palestine, and has been used to limit the ability of people to survive at the expense of others. The purpose of Land Day is to center Palestinians’ right to be on their land. Therefore, as we commemorate the bold and brave actions of Palestinians in Gaza, we also recognize many other peoples around the world who have been impoverished, oppressed, and killed for generations as a result of settler-colonial projects, including the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
As we support the UN report identifying Israeli war crimes during the Great March of Return, we also demand an examination of the crimes being committed by ICE. As we stand in support of Rep. Ilhan Omar and others that have bravely fought for the rights of the oppressed, we call on other leaders to do the same. As we stand for one oppressed people, we stand for all oppressed peoples.