The city of Jerusalem has issued demolition orders for about 50 structures in the village of Al-Walaja within the municipal borders. In March, the Israeli Supreme Court enjoined the city from demolishing 38 of these units for six months and ordered the city administration to work with the village on a Regional Plan – but ONLY UNTIL NOVEMBER. The Court will review the progress in November and again have to decide whether to continue the enjoinment.
It falls on the village to arrange for the long-term creation and funding of the plan which will ultimately costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have met with Technion Professor Yousef Jabarin, a planner who brings a lot of experience working with Israeli planning authorities, but need to get immediate funds in order to begin the project. Because of the Court’s November review date, time is of the essence. That is why we have started this fund-raising campaign.
The Goal: $50,000
It will take about $50,000 to get the first phase of the planning started and Ameinu has agreed to be the fiscal agent to help collect and administer getting these funds to an Israeli NGO, Bimkom, which will monitor and release the funds for the project.