Adalah: Galilee village development plan backed by series of racist Israeli laws including Jewish Nation State Law

Givat Tantour plan, expected to increase Jadeidi-Makr population from 20,000 to 100,000, intended to stop Arabs from moving to predominantly Jewish towns; 29 March protest planned.

In light of the intention of Israeli authorities to approve the Givat Tantour development plan – expected to dramatically increase the number of residents of Jadeidi-Makr from 20,000 to 100,000 – a protest also commemorating Land Day will be held in the northern Arab town tomorrow, Friday, 29 March, at 15:00.


The protest is being organized by the High Follow-Up Committee and the town's local council.


Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights submitted an objection to the Givat Tantour plan earlier this week.


The objection highlighted the use of an accelerated planning process for the establishment of a city without legal authority and unreasonable planning. Adalah and Bimkom believe the plan will result in the creation of a ghetto of overcrowding and poverty in the Galilee.


Adalah, which filed the objection together with Bimkom on behalf of some 200 residents of Jadeidi-Makr, described the connection between Land Day and the objection:


"The Land Day protest is taking place in Tantour because the state is trying to impose a plan of forced urbanization that will reduce the living space of Palestinians in the Galilee. Instead of solving the housing shortage by expanding the jurisdictional boundaries of Arab villages in a way that will meet the needs of each community and match residents' lifestyle, the state is forcing overly-dense urban construction on Jadeidi-Makr. The Givat Tantour plan, which is also intended to prevent Arabs from moving to predominantly Jewish towns, is backed by a series of racist laws, including the Kaminitz Law, the Admissions Committees Act, and the Jewish Nation State Law."