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Report: Palestinians hold protest in Israeli city of Lod
Published Friday 28/12/2012 (updated) 28/12/2012 21:02
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Palestinians in the city of Lod, or al-Ludd in Arabic, demonstrated on Friday against attempts by Israel's government to Judaize the city, Ynet reported.

The protest in the Israeli city was organized by the Islamic Movement and other groups and saw demonstrators march from a mosque towards the city center.

"They are doing everything to expel all Arabs from Lod. We will not be daunted by this policy. We shall continue to fight and protect our lands," an organizer of the protest was quoted as saying by Ynet.

"We will not allow the Israeli government or any other body to expel us from the city where we were born. Discrimination and racism must be stopped," another protester was quoted as saying.

Around twenty percent, or 1.3 million people, of Israel's population are Palestinian.

They are largely the descendants of Palestinians that managed to remain during the 1948 war, when an estimated 700,000 were expelled from or fled their homes during fighting that would see the establishment of the state of Israel.

Rights groups say that Palestinians living in Israel face discrimination in employment, education and public funding within Israel.
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1 ) southparkbear / usa
28/12/2012 23:07
funny, Lod is a mixed town that wish it can be ramle. the none story is about illeagal structures and anger that arab families from ramle managed to push out arab crime families from lod

2 ) someone / somewhere
29/12/2012 11:36
southparkbear, where you do you get your stories from??? you know better than the residents of lod why they r protesting??? you from the usa know better what the residents of lod are protesting against??? they are protesting against the judaization of their arab palestinian city, you zionist a..hole!! you zionists, lie as much as you like, no one believes you anymore, not even your supporters in usa and europe

3 ) kvertcher / Romania
29/12/2012 16:38
No one expelled these Arabs 64 years ago, and they stayed to prosper. No one is trying to expell them in 2013 either.

4 ) Wrollwell College / UK
03/01/2013 08:22
For the first time in many years, not a single woman from Lod or Ramle was murdered last year, apparently as a result of a dramatic change in the way police handle threats to Arab women by family members. The change in policy came in the wake of sharp criticism of police inaction following the murder of four women in 2011.
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