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Report: Palestinians hold protest in Israeli city of Lod

Dec. 28, 2012 9:00 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 9:02 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians in the city of Lod, or al-Ludd in Arabic, demonstrated on Friday against attempts by Israel's government to Judaize the city, Ynet reported.

The protest in the Israeli city was organized by the Islamic Movement and other groups and saw demonstrators march from a mosque towards the city center.

"They are doing everything to expel all Arabs from Lod. We will not be daunted by this policy. We shall continue to fight and protect our lands," an organizer of the protest was quoted as saying by Ynet.

"We will not allow the Israeli government or any other body to expel us from the city where we were born. Discrimination and racism must be stopped," another protester was quoted as saying.

Around twenty percent, or 1.3 million people, of Israel's population are Palestinian.

They are largely the descendants of Palestinians that managed to remain during the 1948 war, when an estimated 700,000 were expelled from or fled their homes during fighting that would see the establishment of the state of Israel.

Rights groups say that Palestinians living in Israel face discrimination in employment, education and public funding within Israel.
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