chapter  10
14 Pages

The Arab Population of the City of Lod: Needs and Social Welfare Services

ByAziz Haidar

The housing situation of the Arab population of Lod is difficult to describe in words, especially in the old city and even more so around the railroad yard and in the orchards. The distress of the Arab population in Lod is evidenced in the most profound manner in the weaker social-demographic groups: children and old people. The Arab population of Lod and the Arab population of Ramla conjointly receive the services of a single youth probation officer who is employed three-quarter time. Social welfare services for the Arab population of Lod are most severely limited both in scope and in quality. The elderly in Lod are generally more aware of material services than of other types of social welfare services. A great many old people in Lod need a residential facility, an old-age home or the equivalent, on account of housing conditions, the social and physical environment, and the lack of any services at home.