Residents of northern Israeli town Afula demonstrated yesterday against the sale of a house to a family of Palestinian citizens, reported Haaretz.
The protest, which was attended by Afula Mayor Avi Elkabetz and Deputy Mayor Shlomo Malihi, saw some 150 local residents wave Israeli flags and carry signs condemning those who sold their house to Palestinians; one sign read: Traitors against the Jews will get no rest.
Mayor Elkabetz declared:
Deputy Malihi added:
Admittance committees review potential residents in hundreds of Israeli communities, a mechanism used to filter out non-Jewish citizens and maintain segregation. The committees’ role is enshrined in legislation in roughly 43 percent of Israeli communities.
A notice calling on residents to attend the demonstration referred to ‘the sale of homes to those who are undesirable in the neighborhood’, continuing:
Responding to the Afula protest, MK Yousef Jabareen of the Joint List said that racism, ethnic superiority has become a legitimate reality under this right-wing government. This protest should rock the political system and keep up at night all those who care about equality and human dignity.
MK Ayman Odeh said:
Source: Palestine Chronicle