Israeli Knesset on Wednesday approved a bill that facilitates the demolition of Palestinian homes in Israel, Palestinian website Arab48.com reported.
The new law will facilitate the judicial and administrative measures that are normally taken prior to the demolition of Palestinian people’s unlicensed homes.
According to Deputy Attorney General Erez Kamitz, Israeli planning officials say there are 50,000 buildings built without permits in Arab communities.
Activists, however, say that it is almost impossible to receive a building permit for Arabs to build homes because of Israeli discrimination against Arabs.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that 160 buildings are demolished every year.
According to Quds Press, Israeli forces yesterday demolished the historic Palestinian village of Al-Araqeeb in the Negev for the 111th time since July 2010.
Since Al-Araqib is unrecognized by the Israeli occupation authorities, the regime demolishes the village, like other villages, under the pretext of a lack of building licenses.
“A large number of the Israeli police forces and demolition units raided the village in the afternoon and started to demolish the tents and camps where the villagers are living,” said village chief Abu Sayyah Al-Araqib.
He added that the villagers have been living in tents since the Israeli regime demolished their cement houses.