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Palestinian Citizens in Israel Have a Right to a Home
Petition Background (Preamble):
In reality, housing issues are the most critical in the Palestinian Arab community, where citizens face systematic discrimination in land ownership, renting and basic services. The Mossawa Center was central in coordinating meetings between Arab community leaders and the Jewish leaders of the socio-economic protest in order to encourage the movement to adopt key demands specific to the Arab community’s needs.
Following the release of the governmental response via the Trachtenberg Committee, it was evident that these demands were not taken seriously.
Last summer was not the first time the Palestinian Arab community’s housing, land and planning issues were brought to the forefront. The international media has intensively covered issues of “disputed land,” especially house demolitions in the occupied Palestinian territories, since the Second Intifada.
In more recent years the international community has also begun to cover the deteriorating situation of the Palestinian Arab Bedouin living in the southern Negev desert. However, it remains understated how common issues of land, housing, and planning are for Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, including citizens in the North (the Galilee), in the Triangle (the Center) and in mixed cities (Haifa, Akka, Jaffa, Lod, and Ramle). The Or Commission, founded after the events of October 2000, highlighted the housing, land and planning crisis in the Arab community and called on the Israeli government to allocate proportional resources to Arab localities. To this day, the government has not responded to the Commission’s request.
Land, housing, and planning are core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In Israel, these issues are the main source and indicator of inequalities amongst different strata of the society, especially amongst the Jewish majority and the Arab minority. According to a number of human rights organizations, fair and affordable housing for all citizens is the responsibility of state government. However Israeli Basic Law, the document that stands in place of a written constitution, does not enshrine the “right to adequate housing.” The Supreme Court does not interpret the “right to human dignity,” which is guaranteed under Israeli Basic Law, to include adequate housing.
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services” (Article 25.1).
We believe that the basic principle in democracy is equality among all citizens. All policies, laws, and their implementations, must be based on the principle of equality in order to establish an efficiently working democracy.
Hereby we demand that Israeli policy makers address the inequality among citizens in Israel, especially in the field of Housing/Land, in which Palestinian Arab citizens face land confiscations, home demolitions and exclusionary policies and practices.
The Palestinian Citizens in Israel Have a Right to a Home petition to Israel's Ministry of Housing, Finance, Prime Minister's Office, Israeli Land Administration was written by Mossawa Center and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: land, housing, palestine, israel, palestinians, rights