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.”
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel along with the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages and Bimkom, among others, filed an emergency petition to the High Court of Justice on behalf of local residents claiming that the government has a responsibility to protect its citizens and demanding the installation of portable shelters in the Bedouin … read more
The Bedouin communities scattered throughout the area between East Jerusalem and the outskirts of Jericho comprise some 7,500 residents, most of whom belong to the Jahalin tribe (‘ashirah), though some belong to the Ka’abnah tribe; both tribes share a similar history that led them to their present situation. Until 1948, the Jahalin tribe resided in … read more
The Praver/Begin Plan is off the table, and Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir is showing signs that he understands the problems, and has internalized the messages of Bimkom and others working together with the Bedouin to advance equitable solutions and an end to discrimination.
Bimkom assisted residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood Wadi al-Joz in demanding that the Municipality pave a walkway which had become dangerously run down. Municipal plans show this path, meaning that it is the city’s responsibility to maintain it, but this had never been done, until now.
Bedouin families from the Azazme tribe have been living in the area that is now next to the town Yeruham since the Turkish era. After the war in 1948, some 17 families were left in the village Rachme, and these were over the years joined by other families of the tribe who were removed from … read more
On June 13th, 2013 Bimkom filed our objection to Regional Outline Plan 4/14/65 for the Southern Region, which concentrates all the Bedouin population from five major different locations to a single locality in Har HaNegev. The objection is on behalf of a number of residents of two of the existing farming villages and was prepared … read more
From 1997 onward, some 150 families of livestock-dependent Bedouin palestine refugees living in Area C of the West Bank have been transferred by the Israeli authorities. The majority of the families – all from the Jahalin tribe – were evicted by the Israeli authorities from their dispersed rural kinship groups to make way for the … read more
Press release Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights and The Association for Civil Rights in Israel petition Jerusalem Court: Jerusalem District Planning Committee Using Jerusalem 2000 Outline Plan Unlawfully In a petition submitted today (21 April) to the Jerusalem Administrative Court, two human rights organizations, Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights and The Association for Civil … read more