LOD, Sunday, January 20, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli bulldozers demolished on Sunday a Palestinian-owned home in the city of Lod, in central Israel. According to local sources, the home belonged to the Abu-Sa’louk family, and was demolished on the pretext of being built without an Israeli permit.
This was the second time Israeli occupation forces demolish the home of the Abu-Sa’louk family for lack of an Israeli construction permit, which is nearly impossible to obtain for the native Palestinian citizens of Israel.
While Israeli law guarantees Palestinians the same equality as other citizens, in practice there are claims of discrimination in government funding and a raft of other issues.
Israeli Palestinian rights group Adalah says that only 4.6% of new homes built in Israel are in Palestinian towns and villages, even though Palestinians make up over 20% of the population.
The difficulty for Palestinians in Israel to obtain building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are liable to later be torn down.