Jamil lives in the beautiful village of al-Walaja, just a 20 minute
drive from southwest Jerusalem. His home, along with approximately 60
other homes in the village, is under a demolition order by the state of
Israel. With the assistance of grassroots Israeli activists and NGOs,
Walaja has rolled up its sleeves and taken the costly task upon itself
to prepare a zoning plan with the hope of legalizing existing structures
in the village and allowing families like Jamil’s to expand and grow. In
March, the Israeli Supreme Court and the State indicated their approval
for the village to begin planning, and as requested, seven months later
the village reported on their progress. In light of the great progress
the village has made toward the preparation of a plan, in late November
the State has agreed to allow the village additional time for continued
planning, after which Walaja will report again on its progress.
While getting cooperation of the State for a plan is a victory in and of itself, there was a key piece that was left out: FUNDING.The process of getting a zoning plan approved takes several years and requires the labor of dozens of planning professionals; all in all, the process will total close to a million shekels ($300,000). For the next stage of planning, we aim to raise $20,000 total, with the help of donors who will match every dollar raised. We at Ameinu have been collecting funds to be delivered directly to BIMKOM, an Israeli NGO of human rights planning experts that has been shepherding this process, working side by side with the village and Israeli activists on the ground. Your donation will help ensure that Jamil and hundreds of other children in Walaja will be able to continue building a future.