For Israeli Arabs, There Is No Choice but to Build Illegally

Blame the lack of land and bank credit, blame weak local governments and the lack of planning autonomy — and hope that a new state initiative can be part of the solution.

Meirav Arlosoroff
Meirav Arlosoroff
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This home, of an Arab family in Lod, was demolished in 2014 because it was built illegally. In the picture, two children stand on the rubble of a house.
This home, of an Arab family in Lod, was demolished in 2014 because it was built illegally. Credit: Yuval Tebol

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