Land Distribution and Planning Rights

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Land distribution and planning rights are among the spheres in which Arab citizens of Israel are subject to severe inequality and discrimination. Lacking adequate housing solutions and planning infrastructure, which will enable legal construction in Arab villages and towns, residents are left with no choice other than building without permits. Despite the state’s responsibility for this situation, it maintains a policy of house demolitions in Arab localities and mixed cities on the grounds of lacking a permit, and continues to refuse permits for new construction which results in the gradual, systematic strangling of small villages.

ACRI uses legal means and public advocacy to protest home demolitions, to encourage the recognition of unrecognized villages and neighborhoods, to challenge discriminatory policies within mixed Israeli cities, and to oppose new settlement construction on Arab-owned land or in areas currently inhabited by unrecognized populations.


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