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Comparative Study of Urban Renewal Techniques in Israel and the World

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.    

Beyond the wrecking ball: How to renew buildings without harming the residents

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.”

Why Is There No Development?

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

Appeal to the decision to approve the “Mount Scopus National Park” Plan

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Emergency petition to the High Court of Justice on behalf of Bedouin in Negev

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

Bimkom launches mini-site dedicated to Jahalin in E1

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 off the Table

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.

Steps toward Success

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.  

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