Jerusalem Rehabilitation Program
part of its ongoing work on the Question of Jerusalem, the Palestinian
Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA)
launched the Arab Jerusalem Rehabilitation Project in early 1999,
realizing the urgency for such an initiative.
1993, Israel and the PLO agreed to have a final status for Jerusalem
negotiated by the end of a five-year transitional period that
began in May 1994.
however, seven years after the signing of the first Israeli-PLO
Accords, Arab Jerusalem is facing an increasingly critical situation,
and the prospects of recovering it as the future Palestinian capital,
in more than just a symbolic sense, are decreasing dramatically.
overall purpose of the project presented here was to examine the
means by which to shape and ensure a viable future for Arab Jerusalem,
primarily from the viewpoint of the citizens themselves. The project
aimed to provide local communities with technical and organizational
counsel for formulating and implementing local developmental strategies
to achieve this end. The project focused on an outline for the
rehabilitation of local communities in Arab Jerusalem and drew
various scenarios of what can be done and what will happen if
nothing is done.
its outset, the project promoted a citizen-oriented, ‘bottom-up’
approach, getting representatives from the local community
(i.e., Anata) involved in the various stages of the project, which
included fieldwork and data compilation. The designs of previous
development initiatives are disturbing in their lack of interaction
with the population affected by the envisioned changes, whereas
our approach produced highly practical and applicable information
and valuable feedback on various development options.
findings allow us to answer numerous questions: What kind of pressure
is there on housing capacity? How much additional living space
is needed? How much development do the authorities enable, and
how much is really set aside by them? What pressures can be recognized
on amenities such as green spaces, or on cultural-historical sites
and characteristic traditional architecture? What communal private
and public space is left accessible to citizens as a result of
official zoning plans?
providing this elementary tool of information that can be used
and viewed by citizens, local councilors, institutions and researchers,
the project hopes to facilitate municipal-level decision-making
and mobilize civil self-initiative in protecting and restoring
Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
OUT OF PRINT