Israeli Ministry of Housing and Construction must market construction tenders in Galilee Arab village of Al Kamanneh

The village's master plan was agreed in 2013, 12 years after a Supreme Court ruling and 20 years after recognition; but the ILA has refrained from marketing 100 construction tenders.

On 1 March 2015, Adalah sent a letter to the Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel, and the head of the Israel Lands Authority (ILA), Bentsy Lieberman, demanding that they immediately begin marketing construction tenders in the Arab village of Al Kamanneh in the north of Israel, in the Galilee. The letter also called on the Ministry to immediately announce a clear timetable for the marketing of the tenders.


Al Kamanneh gained recognition in 1995 after decades of refusal by the Israeli authorities to recognize it since 1948. However, the master plan for the village, which was approved in 1999, only recognized two out of four neighborhoods in the village. Following numerous delays and a petition to the Supreme Court by the residents of the village and Adalah, the planning authorities agreed on a new master plan in 2013 that includes all four neighborhoods, 12 years after the court's ruling and 20 years after the village was recognized.


Adalah Attorney Myssana Morany argued in the letter that there are currently 100 construction tenders ready to be marketed in Al Kamanneh village, but the ILA is refraining from marketing it to the public for unclear reasons. Attorney Morany added that this delay is fueling the housing crisis and preventing the development of the village.