Land Day marks the day in 1976 when six Palestinian citizens of Israel— Khayr Ahmad Yasin of Arraba; Khadija Shawahna, Raja Abu Raya, and Khadir Khalayla of Sakhnin; Muhsin Taha of Kafr Kanna; and Rifat Ali Zuhayri of Nur Shams— were gunned down by police while demonstrating against the Israeli government’s decision to confiscate tens of thousands of dunams (decares) of Palestinian-owned land.
The events of March 30, 1976, which include the protests, a general strike, and the subsequent killing of the six young Palestinians are considered a turning point in the relationship between Palestinian citizens and the Israeli state. Palestinians inside Israel were subject to military law from 1948 until 1966, after which a gradual relaxation of regulations allowed them to organize politically and mobilize against Israeli state policies that discriminated against them and dispossessed them of their lands, culminating in the events of March 30.
Seizure of Palestinian land by Israeli authorities under numerous pretenses and laws continues to this day. Land Day symbolizes and invokes Palestinians’ ties to their land in defiance of Israeli state policies that seek to break them.
The Palestinian Museum honors the memory of those fallen Palestinians of March 30, 1976.