Israeli forces Wednesday morning demolished three homes in the unrecognised Palestinian village of Dahmash, located between the cities of Lod and Ramle in Israel. The demolitions occurred even though just yesterday morning residents requested to delay implementation of the demolition orders, and the court gave Israel 48 hours to respond to this request.
The Palestinian news outlet Arabs48 reports that large Israeli forces descended upon the village of Dahmash early Wednesday morning, demolishing three homes belonging to the Assaf family.
Last month Israel's Supreme Court recommended the state find a solution for planning and construction in Dahmash, as well as consider recognising the village of some 700 residents.
Knesset Member Basel Ghattas (National Democratic Assembly) condemned demolition of the three homes, demanding an immediate cessation of all home demolitions. Ghattas called for a general strike Thursday in all Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.
The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, an extra-parliamentary group that represents Palestinian citizens of Israel on a national level, is holding an emergency meeting in Dahmash this afternoon to discuss the issue of home demolitions.
Journalist Jonathan Cook reports that local residents understand Israel's hostility as deriving from Dahmash’s exceptional status: it is the only Palestinian community that survived in central Israel from the period of the 1948 war. Dahmash residents can prove they own their land, but Israel has designated it for agricultural and not residential use. Jewish Israeli residents living nearby, however, had their land designation changed, often in retrospect.