Ashdod women hunger strike over housing conditions

Ashdod women hunger strike over housing conditions

Authorities ignore asbestos-coated ceilings and hazardous construction methods, residents claim

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Three women in Ashdod began a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest of the authorities’ neglect of living conditions in their neighborhood, Israel Radio reported.

The women claimed their residential block has numerous building code violations, including asbestos-coated ceilings, exposed gas piping, and flooring constructed in an unsafe and illegal method known as Pal-Kal.

Amigour, a development company affiliated with the Jewish Agency, told Israel Radio that inspections conducted on site showed it met environmental standards and the concentration of asbestos was lower than the maximum legal limit.

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