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Lod residents protest Arab neighbors

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in front of home sold to Arab family in attempt to change owner's mind; plan to protest all week

Eli Senyor
Published: 05.13.07, 03:46 / Israel News

Hundreds of Jews protested against an Arab family moving into the Naveh Zayit neighborhood in Lod on Saturday, and two demonstrators were taken in for questioning.

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Preparations for the protest began after residents of the neighborhood discovered that one of their neighbors had signed a contract to sell his home to an Arab family.

 

Immediately upon hearing this, tenant representatives went door-to-door, distributing fliers calling to "save the neighborhood".

 

Some 200 residents responded to the call and gathered in front of the seller's home to protest the deal.

 

The demonstrators, who were carrying signs and shouting slogans against the family in protest of the sale, tried to talk with the owner of the house, who had heard about the planned protest beforehand and was not home at the time.

 

During the protest, the neighbors brought up different suggestions on ways to cancel the deal, including holding a fundraiser in order to fund the difference in price that the owner would receive if he sold the house to a Jewish family at a lower price.

 

The residents said that they planned to hold protests all week long, in another attempt to change the owner's mind.

 

"We have no problem with Arabs living in their own neighborhoods, but they'd better stay out of our neighborhood," one of the residents told Ynet, "this is their way to slowly kick us out of the city by taking over Jewish neighborhoods. Just like we don’t go live in their neighborhoods, they shouldn’t come live in our neighborhoods."

 

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