This “green washing” of vacant areas in the heart of and in between Palestinian neighborhoods does not lead to the creation of spaces for parks and recreation, in stark contravention to what is accepted in urban planning around the word and to the practice in West Jerusalem. Under-the-Guise-of-Green-Fact-Sheet
Ir Amim and Bimkom are pleased to announce the launch of our joint report, “Deliberately Planned: A Policy to Thwart Planning in the Palestinian Neighborhoods of Jerusalem.” The new report demonstrates how the Israeli authorities deliberately delay and ultimately undermine the approval of plans that actually allow for construction in the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem. … read more
In Area C of the West Bank, spatial planning is controlled by the Civil Administration (CA). Until now, the CA has at best ignored the Bedouin communities, and at worst has adopted planning practices such as forced evictions or strictly limited zoning of areas for construction. In either case, most of the communities have not … read more
Many Bedouin communities in Area C of the West Bank today are threatened with eviction and forced displacement from the areas they live in, and this forced transfer threatens to bring disaster upon them and deteriorate their already precarious situation. This position paper discusses the effects of the forced transfer on Bedouin women and girls … read more
Access to Natural Resources: A necessity for the existence of the herding communities in Area C Herding communities in Area C are communities whose economic survival, and to a large extent their social and cultural survival, depend on access to water and grazing lands, the basic natural resources needed for their existence. Since these natural … read more
The proposed Kaminitz Law seeks to increase enforcement against unlicensed building in Arab and Bedouin localities in Israel, without reference to the main causes of such construction: discrimination in planning and lack of planning. This is the full position paper 17-17-Kaminitz_Law-position paper 2017.2.5 – Coalition against Kaminitz law – short position paper – eng. And … read more
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
Bimkom conducted the first of its kind study of urban renewal techniques in Israel and around the world. This Urban Renewal summary explains the types of urban renewal conducted in Israel and provides recommendations for better methodology.
Of the Bedouin villages in the Negev, only 12 (one of them just recently in 2014) have been recognized by the government. The government planning process for the recognized villages has largely ignored their spatial reality and its logic. In practice, only 128 residential building permits were issued in only two villages.
Bimkom Submits Shadow Report Regarding the Implementation of the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Sept. 2014- Bimkom submitted a shadow report in response to Israel’s report to the United Nations regarding the implementation of the covenant on civil and political rights. The shadow report deals with sections of the State report pertaining to issues of planning, building and adequate housing in the Bedouin localities in the Negev, in Arab localities … read more