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Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrate against home demolitions

March 12, 2017 1:27 P.M. (Updated: March 12, 2017 10:57 P.M.)
NEGEV (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated in the town of Tayibe in central Israel on Sunday against Israel's policy of demolishing Palestinian homes.

Palestinians from the nearby town of Qalansawe traveled to Tayibe to participate in the demonstration, which gathered in front of a police station.

Protesters raised signs printed in Arabic and Hebrew with slogans expressing rejection to home demolitions, such as: "Enough with home demolition and displacement," "Our struggle will continue against all home demolition orders," and "No to the policy of oppression and injustice."

The issue of home demolitions in Israel has been in the limelight since the beginning of the year, notably due to the outrage caused by demolitions in the town of Qalansawe and demolition raid in the unrecognized Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran that left two people killed.

Right groups have argued that the aim of home demolitions is to forcibly displace Palestinians from the region, regardless of their status as residents of the occupied West Bank or East Jerusalem, or as citizens of Israel -- despite the varying legal justifications used by Israel in each instance.
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