C’tee accused of illegal construction plan in E. J'lem

April 22, 2013 06:21

In a petition submitted Sunday to the Jerusalem Administrative Court, two human rights organizations requested the District Committee for Planning and Building cease treating the unauthorized “Jerusalem 2000 Outline Plan” as a ratified legal document.

In the petition, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and Bimkom (Planners for Planning Rights) argue that the controversial outline plan – which was never passed into law, and severely restricts construction by Palestinians in east Jerusalem – is illegally being enforced.“Instead of alleviating the ongoing planning crisis and allowing for improvements in public services, the [District Planning and Building Committee] has chosen to further violate the residents’ rights to adequate housing, education, health and employment,” said ACRI attorney Keren Tzafrir in a statement.

“The already limited opportunities faced by east Jerusalem residents in developing their neighborhoods and receiving building permits are being further restricted by the decision to consider the unapproved outline plan as a ‘policy document,’” she continued.

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