The heads of 22 Human Rights and Civil Society organizations, including Bimkom, have turned to Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel, requesting that he take steps to end the wave of anti-democratic legislation in Israel, and that he act to end the systematic harm to the work of those promoting Human Rights.
Over the course of almost fifty years, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israeli national planning authorities have dealt extensively with planning in Jerusalem, including the planning of the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. And yet, despite the many plans that have been drawn up and approved in this period, the planning situation in these neighborhoods … read more
An article published in Haaretz newspaper about Bimkom’s report on how to promote urban renewal which is responsible and takes into account the needs of current residents. The Bimkom report urges a change in policy with respect to urban renewal in the country, whereby its primary goal would become “to upgrade the living conditions of existing residents and to ensure the possibility that they will be able to enjoy the fruits of that upgrading.”
Bimkom staff-member Sari Kronish was quoted in the article about the problematics of some of the new roads being paved in Jerusalem. Read the article here
In the petition, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Bimkom (Planners for Planning Rights) argue that the controversial outline plan – which was never passed into law, and severely restricts construction by Palestinians in east Jerusalem – is illegally being enforced. Read the artcle in the Jerusalem Post here
Bimkom has helped residents of Issawiya object to a plan for a National Park that “will deprive them of the ability to develop the neighborhood, as a large portion of the proposed park is to be located on their land.” Read more about Issawiya and about the use of National Parks to limit Palestinian development.
Haaretz editorial February 17th 2013. The (Jewish) residents of Nofit wish their Bedouin neighbours would disappear. The Hawaled clan just want to improve their lifestyle. Read more here
Bimkom social anthropologist Shuli Hartman wrote an expert opinion to the High Court against the destruction of the West Bank Palestinian village Zanuta, which is quoted in this article. Haaretz: July 30 2012 Time is running out for Zanuta, yet another Palestinian village that Israel is threatening to obliterate. Read the article here
The International: Septemeber 19 2012 According to Palestinian and planning activists, Israeli authorities are abusing the pretext of archeological excavation to strengthen the case for park expansion. They say that when completed, the parks will form a kind of green belt around the eastern parts of Jerusalem, further severing it from the West Bank. Although … read more
Ma’an News Agency: October 17 2012 From 2000 to 2007, the Civil Administration approved 5 percent of the applications for building permits submitted by Palestinians in Area C. The total number of building permits issued to Palestinians during these seven years was 91, an average of 13 building permits per annum, reports Bimkom. Read the … read more