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Israel demolishes Palestinian home for 2nd time in Lod City

Jan. 20, 2019 10:01 A.M. (Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 1:44 P.M.)
LOD (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home for the second time in the city of Lod, in central Israel, on Sunday morning.

According to local sources, a large number of Israeli police forces along with bulldozers stormed the Kerem al-Tufah neighborhood and demolished a home under the pretext of being built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit.

Sources added that the demolished home belonged to Mahmoud Yousef Abu Saalouk.

It is noteworthy that this was the second time that the Saalouk home was demolished.

In the past few months, dozens of Palestinians have participated in peaceful protests against Israel’s demolition campaign of Palestinian homes in Lod City.

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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