Family, activists camp out in Lod protest tent

Seven homes belonging to approximately 70 members of the Abu-Id family were demolished last year at the order of the ILA.

By JONAH MANDEL
March 3, 2011 03:57
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Remains of rubble from a demolition in Lod.

Lod Demolition 311. (photo credit: Ben Hartman)

Some sixty people pitched a protest tent outside of Lod’s municipality on Wednesday and declared they’d stay there until a solution was found for a local displaced family.

Seven homes belonging to approximately 70 members of the Abu-Id family were demolished last December at the order of the Israel Lands Authority (ILA), as the structures were found to be illegal.

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Since then, no viable solution has been found for the family, explained Miryam Wijler, an activist with the Tarabut- Hithabrut Arab-Jewish movement for social and political change.

Foundations were recently laid by the family for one caravan, for which the ILA issued a demolition order a few weeks ago. On Wednesday, officials accompanied by police took apart the concrete surface. In a scuffle that ensued at the site, three family members were lightly wounded and a few family members were arrested, including minors, Wijler said.

At the same time, family members and activists settled in the complex of the Lod municipality and pitched a tent. Abed Shechade, who is spending the night there, said that they will stay there until the city offers the family a real solution.

“They have nowhere else to go,” he said, adding that they are afraid police will evacuate them over the course of the night.


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