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In video - Israel demolishes 2 Palestinian-owned buildings, wall

March 18, 2019 12:08 P.M. (Updated: March 22, 2019 3:56 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli bulldozers belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration demolished two Palestinian-owned buildings and a wall in Wadi Ara region, in northern Israel, on Monday.

According to local sources, a large number of heavily armed Israeli forces raided the Wadi Ara region along with several bulldozers and began a demolition campaign against Palestinian-owned structures in the area.

Ahmad Milhem, chair of Anti-House Demolition Committee, said that Israeli bulldozers demolished one building that consisted of five residential apartments, one under-construction building, and an under-construction wall.

Milhem pointed out that the demolition was carried out under the pretext that it was built without the nearly-impossible to obtain Israeli permit.

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.

The video below shows the Israeli demolition of one of the buildings:
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