Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, is an Israeli human rights organization formed in 1999 by a group of professional planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of spatial planning and housing policies, in Israel and in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli control. Drawing on values of social justice, good governance, equality and community participation, Bimkom advances the development of planning policies and practices that are more just and respectful of human rights, and responsive to the needs of local communities. Bimkom strives to assist the weakest sectors of society through research and reports, community planning assistance and through awareness raising among planning authorities. We work with both Jewish and Arab communities among others, in attaining fair, equitable and appropriate planning of the physical spaces in which they live. Bimkom has assisted hundreds of local communities throughout Israel and areas of the West Bank with issues ranging from home demolitions and lack of plans to provision of necessary infrastructure and affordable housing.

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