Every year ahead of Land Day, the Israel Police ramped up its surveillance of Palestinian society in Israel. Ahead of Land Day 1979, the Israel Police Head of Special Functions ordered: “The issue should be considered a top priority, and instructions should be issued to gather information on all activity in the Arab sector.”
[Information] Collection ahead of March 30, 1979
In a widely circulated letter, the Head of the Israel Police Special Functions Branch issued general instructions ahead of the third Land Day, which focused on gathering information about all activities in the Arab sector and transmitting regular updates from the field and intelligence units.
National Committee for the Defense of Lands Rally
Political activity in Palestinian society was systematically monitored year-round, not just ahead of Land Day. Two weeks after the Police National Headquarters directive requiring updates on all activities, meetings, assemblies or discussions taking place in Palestinian society was issued, the Amamkim District of the Israel Police in the Galilee provided such an update with respect to a rally held by the National Committee for the Defense of Lands. The detailed report includes a description of the participants, the speeches made, the slogans participants chanted and the flyers that were distributed.
MGHZ Order No. 3
The operation order issued by the Israel Police National Headquarters ahead of Land Day was given the acronym MGHZ and was in use until at least the early 1990s.