Mobile pastoralist communities in the West Bank are traditionally herders, migrating with their livestock to different locations according to the season. They face discrimination, and limitations on practice of their traditional lifestyle and income-generation. For comparison, we offer three case studies on the mobile pastoralist communities in Inner Mongolia, India, and Southern Jordan. In this report, … read more
Bimkom’s online interactive maps provides comprehensive information about threats to Palestinian communities, such as demolition orders, the Separation Barrier (both built and planned), settlements and Israeli-controlled sites.
In the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, there is a severe shortage of public parks, as well as other public infrastructure and services. The Israeli authorities have built under 20 playgrounds in these neighborhoods, even though they are home to some 400,000 Palestinians (39% of the city’s population according to municipal data from the end … read more
At the end of August 2018, outline plan 101-0292870 regarding urban nature in Jerusalem was deposited for public review. The goal of the plan was to protect open spaces on nature sites throughout the city. The plan designated 151 polygon sites that included, in addition to specific nature sites within existing neighborhoods of the city, … read more
In 2017-2018, Bimkom, along with three other organizations, established the Coalition for Social Justice in Urban Renewal. The Coalition was made of civil society and academic organizations that aimed to incorporate social aspects in urban renewal processes in Israel, emphasizing the active and effective involvement of residents in every step of the process, and creating … read more
The project in the Ramat Eliyahu neighborhood of Rishon Letzion is a large-scale construction and demolition project that ultimately, in twenty years, is expected to change the neighborhood entirely: the neighborhood’s population will almost double, and instead of the 4,300 housing units that exist today, there will be 7,200 apartments, most of the old neighborhoods … read more
The village of of Jubbet Adh-Dhib finally has electricity again after the Civil Administration returned solar panels in response to a petition supported by Bimkom.
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