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Palestinian family left homeless after demolition in Lod City

Nov. 22, 2018 4:16 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2018 12:03 P.M.)
LOD (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a three-storey building, on Thursday, in the city of Lod, in central Israel.

According to local sources, the three-storey building belonged to the Shaaban family and was demolished under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

The Shaaban family said that Israeli authorities delivered a demolition order several months ago, hence the family filed an appeal against the demolition order.

However, the Israeli authorities rejected it and demolished their home.

An estimated 700-800 thousand Palestinians were violently expelled from their homes in what became Israel in 1948.

Today, those who remained on their land in 1948 and their descendants number over 1.3 million.

While Israeli law guarantees Palestinians the same equality as other citizens, in practice there are claims of discrimination in government funding and a raft of other issues.

Israeli Palestinian rights group Adalah says that only 4.6% of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, even though Palestinians make up over 20% of the population.

The difficulty for Palestinians in Israel to obtain building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are liable to later be torn down.

In 2015, the United Nations, as well as other members of the international community, have verbally condemned Israel's systematic destruction of Palestinian homes and declared the practice as illegal and unfair.
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