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Palestinians strike against Israeli demolitions in Rahat

March 21, 2019 1:49 P.M. (Updated: April 7, 2019 1:13 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- General strike was observed in Rahat City in southern Israel, on Thursday, in protest against Israel’s increased demolitions against Palestinian homes in Israel, especially as several homes of one Palestinian family in Rahat were recently demolished by the Israeli authorities.

The Rahat Municipality had organized a meeting, on Wednesday, in a tent set up on a land belonging to the al-Atayqa family after 6 homes of the family were recently demolished by Israel.

The Israeli authorities has recently carried out a series of demolitions against Palestinian homes in Israel; Israeli bulldozers had demolished two Palestinian-owned buildings and a wall in Wadi Ara region, in northern Israel, on Monday, while a Palestinian resident of the Qalansuwa City in central Israel was forced to demolish his own home upon order by the Israeli authorities, last Wednesday, and another two Palestinian homes were demolished by Israel in al-Kabiyeh village near Haifa City in northern Israel, in early March.

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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