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.
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
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