Israel on high alert as Arabs mark Land Day

Thursday, March 30, 2006 |    

The Temple Mount was closed and Israel was on high alert as Israeli-Arabs marked Land Day on Thursday. Arab citizens protest against what they consider racist land allocation practices by the Israeli government. This was the 30th anniversary. Events took place in Lod, on the outskirts of Tel Aviv where the city’s Arab residents demonstrated against home demolitions. Previous Land Day demonstrations have caused violence between police and protesters. Arabs have recognized Land Day since 1976 when police killed six demonstrators in violent clashes against those who protested land expropriation. Security reinforcements were deployed throughout Israel’s capital as forces received more than 69 terror warnings. In the photo: an Arab protester arrested in Jerusalem.

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