A tough year so far for Palestinians with Israeli citizenship

It hasn’t been an easy start of the year for Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.
Making up for about 20 percent of the population in Israel, they are descendants of Palestinians who managed to stay after the 1948 Nakba. Since then, they have been denouncing the lack of public services provided to their communities as well as their stigmatisation.
The recent wave of controversies and protests was sparked by incidents in early January in an area known as the Triangle, in central Israel. This area, home to Palestinian cities and towns, is located between Haifa and Green Line – which separates Palestinians from inside Israel from their counterparts in the West Bank.
At the beginning of January, 11 houses were razed in Qalansawa, a city located in the southern part of the Triangle. Their owners said they were not given enough time between the demolition order and the actual demolition –in most cases, it happens over 2 days. The authorities claimed the houses were illegally built and that therefore they were entitled to demolish them. But residents say they’re not able to apply for permits in the first place.
“This situation is unjust, the only reason why houses are being demolished is because Netanyahu wants to divert attention from the police investigating him. It’s a real life tragedy”, Abdelbasset Salama, the mayor of Qalansawa, told Palestine Monitor. Salama also explained that, for many years, he had been willing to legally develop and expand the village, but was never able to obtain the necessary authorizations. He resigned after the recent demolitions.
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