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Court Decision Guarantees Affordable Housing

Court Decision Guarantees Affordable Housing

Last week, a Jerusalem court ruled that two major building projects in the city, already approved by the National Housing Committee, are to be scrapped because they did not include affordable apartments. At a time in Israel’s history when poverty afflicts nearly a quarter of the population, this precedent–setting decision will have major repercussions for [&hellip

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Civil Society wins battle against over-building

Civil Society wins battle against over-building

Social change is an uphill struggle and it is always energizing and exciting to celebrate true successes that have implications for generations to come. Last week, a group of civil society organizations won an important year-long battle against the uncompromising determination of Ministries of Finance, Interior and Housing to build more suburbs for the wealthy [&hellip

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Public Housing: Three Steps Forward, One Step Back

Public Housing: Three Steps Forward, One Step Back

Over the course of an intense week in July, public housing advocates held a major event and celebrated three victories in the Knesset, even as they faced an unanticipated setback. Three bills initiated by the SHATIL-coordinated Public Housing Forum passed the Knesset’s preliminary reading. The bills: mandate better rent support; require freedom of information for residents of [&hellip

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Housing for Holocaust Survivors

Housing for Holocaust Survivors

Israel’s government announced recently that it will allocate one billion Shekels to assist Holocaust survivors. But Shatil insists much more can be done – specifically in terms of providing more public housing to survivors. To raise public awareness and to persuade the government, Shatil launched a media blitz in the days surrounding Yom Hashoah about [&hellip

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Civil society wins public housing battle

Civil society wins public housing battle

Thousands of Israelis will be able to take a critical step out of the poverty chain thanks to the efforts of the SHATIL-led Public Housing Forum. After several years in deep freeze, Israel’s Public Housing Law, passed in 1998, will now be implemented again due to the Forum’s intensive advocacy work. “Israel’s public housing law [&hellip

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We did it! Activists celebrate postponement of Knesset vote on planning reform

We did it! Activists celebrate postponement of Knesset vote on planning reform

The SHATIL-led Forum for Responsible Planning’s intensive lobby and media campaign against the government’s anti-social, anti-environmental, pro-rich planning reform bill succeeded in meeting its immediate goal: postponement of the vote until the next Knesset session. The massive media coverage, demonstrations, petitions, letters, emails, Facebook updates, internet campaigns,  pressure on MKs and ministers, making noise in [&hellip

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Kiryat Shmona to offer affordable housing for students

Kiryat Shmona to offer affordable housing for students

March 1, 2011 Two years ago, SHATIL began to cooperate with students at Tel Hai College to address the pressing socioeconomic challenges of the Galilee. SHATIL is engaged in fostering the values of social justice among young adults in northern Israel, a region all-too-often neglected by the country’s policymakers. This week, the collaborative efforts of [&hellip

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Homeless in Lod – Demolition Update: January 2011

Homeless in Lod – Demolition Update: January 2011

February 1, 2011 “We haven’t been going to school much over the last six weeks – our clothes and our schoolbooks were destroyed when our homes were demolished.” Thus spoke the four young cousins, Nur, Kamal, Muhammed and Roiya, who came to Jerusalem on Friday, January 28th, 2011, with their families, neighbors and friends to [&hellip

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Israel’s Bedouin citizens, together with Jewish partners, peacefully protest in the midst of home demolitions

Israel’s Bedouin citizens, together with Jewish partners, peacefully protest in the midst of home demolitions

August 17, 2010 On Monday, more than 500 Bedouin and Jews protested the ongoing destruction of Al-Araqib, an unrecognized Bedouin village in Israel’s Negev Desert. The Israel Lands Authority has destroyed the entire village three times within the past three weeks leaving residents exposed to the desert sun at the height of the summer. After [&hellip

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