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Israeli authorities demolish a café in Majd al-Kurum

NAZARETH, Sunday, January 8, 2023 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities demolished today a café and restaurant in the town of Majd al-Kurum, in the Galilee region, under the pretext of construction without a permit, local sources said.

Israeli police, accompanied by bulldozers, broke into the town late last night and demolished the café and restaurant without allowing its owner, Mohammad Shakib Mannaa, to evacuate the furniture and equipment inside.

During the demolition, the Israeli police cordoned off the area of the demolition and denied access of the local residents there.

Houses and structures in Arab cities and towns in Israel are a frequent target for demolitions as Israeli authorities make it very difficult for Arab citizens to obtain building permits.

Currently, hundreds of Palestinian-owned homes in Israel are scheduled for demolition, with many saying the far-right government is selectively carrying out demolitions in Israel’s indigenous Arab communities while offering Israeli settlers free access to housing and expansion.

Arabs in today's Israel are Palestinians who stayed on their land following the creation of the occupying state in 1948 and their descendants. They make up about 20 percent of the country's nine million people.

By law, their rights are equal to those of Jewish citizens. But in practice they suffer discrimination in employment, housing, policing and other essentials.



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