A man holds a Palestinian flag in front of Israeli troops during a protest marking Land Day in the West Bank village of Madama, near Nablus March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Thousands of 1948 Palestinians and Palestinians gathered Thursday for annual demonstrations marking Land Day, which commemorates 1976 protests in which six people were killed by Israel.A few thousand protesters raised the Palestinian flag and chanted slogans at a protest in Deir Hanna in northern Israel.The 1976 protest against Israeli plans to seize large sections of land in northern Israel was met with a violent police response.Thousands of protestors marched for kilometers beating drums, hoisting the Palestinian flag and chanting slogans of "long live the eternal Land Day".1948 Palestinians make up around 17.5 percent of the country's population and are descended from Palestinians who remained on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948 .They hold Israeli citizenship but most see themselves as Palestinians and complain of discrimination.
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