News 12 january — 11:48

Palestinians in Israel strike over home demolitions

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Palestinian citizens of Israel have announced a nationwide strike after Israeli authorities demolished 11 Palestinian homes, Al Lazeera reports.

"We condemn the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally for these crimes, that reflect his racist mentality and aim to divert attention away from his scandals," said Mohammad Baraka, the head of the High Follow-up Committee, a representative body for the Palestinian citizens of the state.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the committee stressed the importance of standing in unity and joining ranks to repel "the new attack that the government has taken against us".

The homes were demolished on Tuesday in the city of Qalansawe in central Israel, on the pretext that they were built without a permit, but Palestinians say their permit applications are almost always denied causing them to build their homes illegally. 

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