Posted on 6th August 2012, by & filed under Civil mobilization, ICAHD Staff, International solidarity, Israeli Peace Movement, Rebuilding.

A house was purchased in the Jewish neighborhood of Shxunat Alia in Kfar Saba by Dr. Sultan, a Palestinian, Israeli citizen living in nearby Tira. In July 2002 the property was badly damaged by a fire set by arsonists. After working for the last twelve years at a rental location in the same neighborhood, Dr. Sultan intended to relocate his dental clinic there . This was the second time the building was damaged by vandalism, and it is widely assumed that the reasons behind the attacks were due to racism.

Last Friday, as a protest against racism and in solidarity with Dr. Sultan, a group of volunteers spent most of the day cleaning up the mess and doing repairs and painting. The group was organized by The Sharon Forum, a new coalition of concerned citizens from Arab and Jewish towns of the Sharon-Muthalath area, belonging to various organizations, including youth from the scouts, HaShomer HaTzair, Noar Meretz. Also represented were members of Peace Now, Ta’ayush and The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions which provided funds for cleaning and painting materials. The funds were collected by the Global Campaign to Rebuild Palestinian Homes, an international coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to rebuilding demolished Palestinian homes in Israel and the occupied Territories

Ms. Paz, deputy mayor of Kfar Saba and Benny Kabra of the city council visited the house and expressed support and appreciation for the effort. Dr. Sultan intends to let the building or sell it, as he is now afraid to maintain a clinic in the neighborhood. He has rented alternate premises for his dental clinic in the Kfar Saba industrial zone.

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