ARABS-ISRAEL - Mar. 30 - 'Land Day' Marked By Clashes.
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 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 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 [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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|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2000|
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