In the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem at least 20,000 housing units have been built without permits, making them vulnerable to demolition, while an estimated 10,000 more units are needed.
Moreover, there is a serious shortage of schools and classrooms, health clinics, adequate roads, playgrounds and sports facilities, and areas zoned for business activity.
Bimkom strives to promote appropriate plans that meet residents’ needs, now and in the future.
Planning Assistance Where plans allow for solutions, such as development of schools or roads, we approach the authorities requesting implementation; when there is a need for changes to plans in order to advance solutions, we campaign, together with local residents, for those changes.
Negotiations with authorities Bimkom represents residents by engaging planning authorities for tangible changes such as paving of roads in Batn el-Hawa and the cancelation of a demolition order in al-Wallaje.
Monitoring plans Bimkom monitors municipal plans which have the potential to negatively impact the living conditions of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.
Advancing alternative planning solutions Bimkom meets with policy makers and planners to advance new plans for East Jerusalem which are implementable and appropriate