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Fatah official vows to prevent US embassy move, declaring "Jerusalem is Arab and Islamic"

“Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Movement Revolutionary Council Dr. Fayez Abu Aita said… at a central rally organized by the national and Islamic forces in the northern Gaza Strip for Land Day… that transferring the American embassy to Jerusalem is recognition of Israel. He added ‘We will prevent this recognition with all our strength and we will oppose a change of the characteristics of the holy city [of Jerusalem]. Jerusalem is Arab and Islamic and will remain on the list of priorities of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and there will be no Palestinian state without it.’”

Land Day – an annual commemoration of the general strike and demonstrations organized by Israeli Arab residents of the Galilee on March 30, 1976 to protest the Israeli government's decision to expropriate land in the Galilee for security and settlement purposes, which it later implemented. During the protests, demonstrators burnt tires, blocked roads, and threw rocks and firebombs. Six demonstrators were shot and killed by the Israeli army and police. Israeli Arabs and Palestinians consider Land Day a national day.