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Press Release: Jerusalem District Planning Committee Using Jerusalem 2000 Outline Plan Unlawfully

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

HCJ Rules in Favor of Palestinian Residents of Silwan

Silwan: Bimkom, together with ACRI, appealed to the High Court of Justice which accepted our petition on behalf of residents in Silwan. The court ruled that construction must be halted for the development of Jewish tourism promenade at the expense of Palestinian residents. The HCJ ordered the municipality to restore the construction site to its … read more

Life is a bit easier for residents of Batn al-Hawa

The lives of Mahmoud Karain and his nine year old daughter Rawa, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Batn al-Hawa are now somewhat easier. For nearly her entire life, Mahmoud has had to carry his severely disabled daughter up and down a treacherous path in order to meet the transport which brings Rawa to school. … read more

East Jerusalem: A safer entrance to Um Laysoon

Following our objection, the Municipality changed the intended plans for the Jewish neighborhood of East Talpiot, to enable building a new and safer entrance to the Palestinian neighborhood of Um Laysoon. Thanks to our intervention, the Municipality has also agreed to allow for the improvement and expansion of the neighborhood’s cemetery. Return to Planning Assistance … read more

East Jerusalem: Improvements in Ash-Shayyah

Following advocacy by Bimkom and Palestinian residents, the municipality has indicated its intention to promote a new neighborhood outline plan for Ash-Shayyah, which would remove the threat of the expansion of the Mt. of Olives cemetery into the neighborhood; potentially leading to the demolition of homes. Additionally, in recent months, infrastructural improvements to the neighborhood … read more

East Jerusalem: Abu Tor gets a new playground

After many years without anywhere to play, the children of the Palestinian neighborhood of Abu-Tor finally have a playground, following residents’ tenacious advocacy efforts vis-à-vis the municipality, with Bimkom assistance. Pressure from Bimkom has also resulted in the addition of six new classrooms, thus doubling the capacity of the local girls’ school – although more … read more

A Stop to SOPs in Area C

A change of policy: the Civil Administration has notified Bimkom that it will no longer prepare the flawed and restrictive “Special Outline Plans” for Palestinian villages. Due to Bimkom’s advocacy and planning objections, as well as international pressure, they have committed to stop preparing these plans and, instead, they will increase consultations with residents to … read more

Objection to a settlement accepted

A precedent was set when the Civil Administration‘s planning committee accepted in full Bimkom’s planning objection to Sansana, which is a relatively new Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The settlement attempted to gain legal status as a neighborhood of the pre-existing settlement of Eshkolot. As a result of our objection, the settlement was not … read more

Affordable Housing Success

Bimkom and the Coalition for Affordable Housing objected to four large-scale housing projects: in Kiryat Gat, Afula and two in Jerusalem.  As a result, smaller units were included as well as long term rentals in three of the four cases. We continue to advocate, vis-à-vis the court system, for government intervention in Israel’s untenable housing … read more

The Bedouin Township of Lakiya

In April 2009, a plan was submitted by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) for the afforestation of  the area north-west of the Bedouin township of Lakiya in the Negev. The plan did not take into account the existence of unrecognized villages in the area and, if approved, would have significantly limited the possibilities for development … read more