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ARABS-ISRAEL - Mar. 30 - 'Land Day' Marked By Clashes.

At least 23 Israeli and Palestinian Arabs are injured in clashes with Israeli security forces For the purposes of Wikipedia, the ambiguous term Israeli Security Forces is used to describe a group of organizations which are charged with the preservation of Israel's territory and civilian public.  during an annual day of protests against the confiscation confiscation

In law, the act of seizing property without compensation and submitting it to the public treasury. Illegal items such as narcotics or firearms, or profits from the sale of illegal items, may be confiscated by the police. Additionally, government action (e.g.
 of land and the spread of Jewish settlements. Hundreds of protesters storm an army base being built on confiscated con·fis·cate  
tr.v. con·fis·cat·ed, con·fis·cat·ing, con·fis·cates
1. To seize (private property) for the public treasury.

2. To seize by or as if by authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.

 ground west of the Israeli Arab town of Sakhnin. The protesters reportedly tear down fencing and set fires on the site. Staff at a medical centre in the town say 18 people had been treated for injuries after security forces responded with tear gas tear gas, gas that causes temporary blindness through the excessive flow of tears resulting from irritation of the eyes. The gas is used in chemical warfare and as a means for dispersing mobs.  and rubber-coated bullets. (The protest is part of "Land Day", an annual day of protests by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians to commemorate a 1976 protest against the confiscation of thousands of acres of Arab-owned land during which Israeli troops killed 6 Arab citizens.) Witnesses also report stone-throwing incidents at other protests, including near the West Bank town of Nablus, where 200 Palestinians march on a Jewish settlement. Israel's 1m Arab citizens, who make up a 6th of the population, observe a general strike on Mar. 30. (At 1st, Land Day was a vehicle for Israeli Arabs to press demands for greater equality. However, in recent years Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have increasingly joined the protests.)

In a landmark ruling this week, Israeli Interior Minister Natan Sharansky ordered land that forms part of the town of Rosh Ha'ayin in central Israel to be returned to the Arab village of Kafr Qassem, from which it was expropriated ex·pro·pri·ate  
tr.v. ex·pro·pri·at·ed, ex·pro·pri·at·ing, ex·pro·pri·ates
1. To deprive of possession: expropriated the property owners who lived in the path of the new highway.
 after 1948. About 150 Israeli Jews demonstrate against the unprecedented decision on Mar. 30, which they say had been taken to calm Arab sentiment ahead of Land Day. Also this week, the Israeli Supreme Court said an Arab couple could not be kept from buying land in a community the government had earmarked only for Jews. (The land protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip For the West Bank and Gaza Strip please see one of the following:
  • Judea and Samaria
  • West Bank
  • Gaza Strip
  • Yesha
  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • Israel
  • Palestinian territories
  • Gush Katif
 takes on significance this year given a pledge by Palestinian leader Arafat to declare an independent state in 2000 with or without a deal with Israel.) On Mar. 29, he told Palestinians in a TV address that Israel had "raped" their homeland and "colonised Adj. 1. colonised - inhabited by colonists
colonized, settled

inhabited - having inhabitants; lived in; "the inhabited regions of the earth"
 [it] by the force of occupation". Arafat said: "This is a legitimate right - to reside on our own land, our own Palestine, in our independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital".
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Date:Apr 1, 2000
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