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Israel freezes 4 demolition orders against Arab homes

Demolitions by Israeli forces leave Palestinian families homeless in Jerusalem [file photo]
Demolitions by Israeli forces leave Palestinian families homeless in Jerusalem [file photo]

A magistrate court in northern Israel yesterday froze four demolition orders targeting the homes of Arab-Israelis following an appeal by the homeowners.

The homeowners, represented by lawyer Mahmoud Al-Najib Mahajna, expressed relief and appreciation for the decision taken by Hadera Magistrate Court Judge Jacob Goldberg to freeze the demolition orders in the towns of Ara and Musheirifa in the Wadi Ara region of northern Israel.

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Yousif Jabarin, a member of the Joint List coalition representing political parties led by Arab-Israelis, said he was closely following the cases in Wadi Ara, and stressed the need to keep up popular support for families whose homes are threatened by demolition.

The ruling came a day after a large-scale protest in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv denouncing home demolitions targeting Arab-Israeli.

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