Palestinian Planning Imperatives in Jerusalem – With A Case Study on Anata (PASSIA Arab Jerusalem Rehabilitation Project)
The overall purpose of the project 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. The findings were published in a book, supported by 17 colored maps and illustrated with numerous photos. The first part of this publication introduces an overall framework to examine the issue of development planning for Jerusalem with maps showing the difference between development as it is unilaterally pursued by Israel on the one hand, and development as it is needed to obtain an equitable Palestinian share in shaping the future of Jerusalem on the other. The second part illustrates how the principle of equitable development planning can be applied to a crucial city-section of Arab East Jerusalem neighborhoods and suburbs, focusing on a prospective alternative planning scheme for Anata township, compiled in cooperation with local citizens.