New data on 39th Land Day: Gross housing discrimination continues against Palestinian citizens of Israel

March 30, 2015

Adalah, Haifa

Only 4.6% of Israel’s housing tenders are published in Arab towns and villages; settlements in the OPT receive four times more housing units than Arab communities in Israel; Israel continues to sell Palestinian refugee properties.

On the 39th Land Day, on 30 March 2015, Adalah released a new study on the State of Israel’s policy of land allocation towards the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. Adalah gathered official statistics on all marketed tenders (bids) for land and housing units published by the Israel Land Authority (ILA) during the year 2014.

The data reveals that the ILA continued to discriminate against Arab citizens of Israel in various fields, violating their basic rights to housing, property, employment, equality and others. The data also showed the wide discrimination between Israel’s land allocation to the Arab citizens, who constitute 1.2 million people or 20% of the state’s population, and illegal Israeli Jewish settlements in occupied territory (the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights), who number 550,000 people.

 Adalah Attorney Myssana Morany and legal apprentice Mohammed Bassam, who analyzed the data, found that in 2014, the ILA published tenders for the construction of 38,261 housing units in total (not including mixed cities). Out of this number, only 1,844 housing units were published in Arab communities in Israel – meaning that 20% of Israel’s population was receiving only 4.6% of new housing units from the state.

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