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As dozens of workers erected white plastic tents across Sacher Park in preparation for Jerusalem’s second annual marathon on Friday, municipal workers demolished and removed the last shacks on the edge of the park, which since last June have housed over 30 homeless families protesting against the lack of public housing. “My God, I can’t believe it… Can you believe how hard we worked to build this?” asked Oshrit Ben-David, watching with tears in her eyes as a crane removed the wooden shack where she has lived with her husband and two children, aged 4 and 6, since last summer.
“They are destroying a tent made of trash, while they’re building tents for eight hours that cost eight million shekels,” said her husband, Sharon Ben- David, as he sorted through the rubble and found childrens’ books and toys.
Israel. Gaza militants and the Israeli air force continued to exchange fire today, despite an Egyptian-mediated truce announced on Tuesday. Israel struck two militant sites in response to rocket fire on southern Israel, and militants retaliated by firing two rockets into Israel. Violence erupted last Friday after Israel killed two senior militants from the Popular Resistance Committees. Israel claimed the militants were en route to conduct a terrorist attack. Over the ensuing four days, Islamic Jihad launched at least two hundred rockets into southern Israel, wounding three. Israel forces conducted thirty air strikes, killing twenty-three Palestinians. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system successfully shot down 77 percent of the incoming rockets it perceived as a threat. An Israeli official suggested the Iron Dome’s performance over the last week could be seen as a “mini-drill” for how Israel’s Arrow II defense system might handle an Iranian attack.