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Israel orders demolition of 3 Palestinian homes in Qalansuwa

March 15, 2019 12:26 P.M. (Updated: March 15, 2019 12:34 P.M.)
QALANSUWA (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court ordered the demolition of three houses in Qalansuwa City in central Israel, on Thursday evening.

The Magistrate Court of Netanya rejected appeals presented by owners of the three houses in Qalansuwa against the demolition.

The court ordered the demolition of the three houses, under the pretext that the houses lack the nearly-impossible-to-obtain Israeli building permits.

The three houses belong to locals Muhammad Odeh, Ismail Wawiyeh and Abed al-Hakim Hammudeh.

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, nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally.

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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