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Survey of Palestinian Neighborhoods in East Jerusalem

Over the course of about three years, Bimkom-Planners for Planning Rights conducted a survey of the Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem in order to create a database of useful and up to date information for use by residents and planners seeking to promote the development of the neighborhoods. The survey is based on comprehensive data, collected … read more

Implementable Plans for Palestinian Neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem

Bimkom has completed research, including case studies regarding the problem and a suggested, realistic solution for regularizing unlicensed building in Palestinian East Jerusalem. We prepared and published a position paper on this topic entitled,  Resident Initiated Dynamic Planning: Implementable Plans in East Jerusalem . The methodology recommended is to encourage local residents to prepare detailed plans for … read more

Demolition Orders Fact Sheet

  The root cause of home demolitions and displacement in Area C is inadequate plans or the absence of plans altogether and is therefore, a major source of friction and conflict between the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian population in the West Bank. See our Demolition Orders Fact Sheet. The territorial fragmentation of the West Bank … read more

The Alternative Master Plan for Bedouin Villages in the Negev

For more than 60 years, about half of the Bedouin population in the Negev has lived in acute deprivation, without basic services including electricity, water and roads, and with neither local government nor recognition of their villages.The overall goal of this Alternative Master Plan (AMP) is to present a diverse and agreed planning solution based … read more

Report on the Jahalin Bedouin Communities East of Jerusalem

This report on the Bedouin communities residing east of Jerusalem describes their present situation in terms of physical and planning considerations, as well as the life and daily existence of their residents. These communities have for many years faced ongoing threats of uprooting and deportation, due to a policy that seeks to concentrate all of … read more

Al Jabal: the situation of the Jahalin Bedouin near Abu Dis

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

Ways to Integrate Affordable Housing into the National Housing Program

Bimkom and the The Coalition for Affordable Housing published a position paper aimed at the National Housing Committees (NHC) and other policy shapers. The paper provides focused and practical information regarding possibilities in the NHC Law for providing a solution to the housing crisis in Israel and integrating affordable housing into the planned housing supply. The objective of … read more

The Prohibited Zone

“The Prohibited Zone” (2009) describes the reality of Area C life for Palestinians in terms of planning and construction and reveals the planning tools Israel uses to minimize the growth of the Palestinian population in Area C Read the full report here: Prohibited Zone Read the summary here: Prohibited Zone Abstract

From Public to National: National Parks in East Jerusalem

The process of planning and declaring national parks and nature reserves seems not only to further the protection of nature and heritage as well as high quality open spaces, but also to serve as an instrument for limiting the development of the built environment in Palestinian communities. Read the full report here: From Public to National

National Outline Plan 38 for the seismic strengthening of existing buildings: a genuine answer or a fabricated solution?

National Outline Plan 38 deals with the strenghtening of  older buildings against earthquake damage. The strengthening will be carried out by developers, who will gain the right to add apartments to the buildings to cover their costs. Bimkom’s report outlines a number of flaws in this plan, from financial, social and structural perspectives. Read the … read more