On the anniversary of Land Day, APN launches two projects on the banks of the Jordan River | The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

On the anniversary of this significant day in the history of the Palestinian struggle, the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature marks the forty-fourth commemoration of Land Day with two new projects. The first will grow hundreds of dunams of vegetables to benefit small farmers in the Jordan Valley. The second will support home gardens in occupied Jerusalem confirming the right of generations of Palestinians to return to their land in loyalty to those who planted and watered it with their blood.

APN will implement these projects in partnership with Al Numeira Environmental Association in Jordan and the Rural Renaissance Association in Palestine. APN General Manager Mariam Al Jaajaa says these endeavors will enhance Palestinian and Jordanian self-sufficiency, which is especially important during the dire effects of the #Corona pandemic on the agricultural sector and farmers.

The first project will target the southern Jordan Valley due to the challenges its farmers face. It will distribute 500 kilos of molokhia seeds to cultivate 100 dunams of land. The second will provide seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant) and seeds (okra, black-eyed peas, beans, cucumber, and zucchini) to 16 villages in the northwest of Jerusalem. Approximately 50,000 vegetable seedlings and 25 kilos of seeds will be distributed in rejection of the occupation’s land confiscation and Palestinian displacement.