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Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home in al-Ramla City

Sept. 16, 2018 12:00 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 21, 2018 2:16 P.M.)
RAMLA (Ma'an) -- Several Israeli bulldozers along with large numbers of Israeli forces demolished a family home on Sunday in the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Nakheel in al-Ramla City, in northern Israel.

According to local sources, several Israeli bulldozers under the protection of heavily armed Israeli forces stormed the al-Nakheel neighborhood and declared it as a closed military zone.

Sources said that the Israeli Municipality of al-Ramla ordered the demolition under the pretext that the home was built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli building permit.

Sources added Israeli bulldozers proceeded with the demolition of the Palestinian-owned home, while Israeli forces prevented residents from accessing the area.

The demolished family home belonged to Nayef Abu Amer.
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 percent of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, even though Palestinians make up over 20 percent 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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