Israeli bulldozers demolished, on Sunday, a Palestinian-owned home in the city of Lod, in central Israel. According to local WAFA sources, the home belonged to the Abu-Saâ€™louk family, and was demolished on the pretext of being built without an Israeli permit.
This was the second time that Israeli occupation forces demolish the home of the Abu-Saâ€™louk family for lack ofÂ an Israeli construction permit, which is nearly impossible to obtain for the native Palestinian citizens of Israel.
While Israeli law is supposed to guarantee Palestinians the same equality as other citizens, in practice, however, 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, and in the occupied West Bank, to obtain building permits forces them to expand or build homes and structures without permits, which are liable to later be torn down.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.