flagship project, ADJ's LandWatch, consistently monitors developments
in the field of land from the economic, legal, social and planning
perspectives. This includes decisions of the Israel Land Authority (ILA)
and its board - the Israel Land Council (ILC). Subsequently,
information gathered is analyzed and the ADJ staff acts on various
levels in order to influence decisions, processes and policies.
central aspect of LandWatch is a continuing distribution of monthly
newsletters to a growing list made up of Knesset members, legal
professionals, journalists, government officials, academics and other
NGOs in the field. In these newsletters, ADJ analyzes the important
developments in the field of land and distribution of resources, reports
on the organization's activities and generally raises awareness about
these issues. The LandWatch project constitutes a basis for the majority
of other activities including petition papers, public campaigns,
interface with government bodies and legal petitions.
in the framework of LandWatch, ADJ has been successful in preventing an
improper appointment of a politician with a history of discriminatory
comments to head the ILA; in revoking a discriminatory stipulation that
limited the marketing of regional plots to the residents of the region
only; and, in influencing a decision that demands that leasers of public
lands compensate the government when the land’s distinction is changed
from agricultural to commercial/residential use.
Mineral Water Petition
discovered that the mineral water companies in Israel have been
controlling public resources – mineral water springs – for commercial
use and as their private property with no legal or economic arrangement
with the state.
a result, ADJ submitted a petition to the High Court of Justice in May
2008, asserting that the three major mineral water companies have taken
control of a valuable public resource and have the liberty to sell
mineral water commercially for a non proportional fee. This petition
aims to fully restructure the mineral water market and the legal and
business framework of selling mineral water in Israel (see published articles
on the issue). The petition is pending and the first hearing is scheduled for December 31, 2009.
Coalition for Affordable Housing
is a central member of a coalition created to advance the concept of
affordable housing in Israel. The coalition is acting to crystallize
legislation and policies that will establish integrative and affordable
housing in cities and towns throughout the country. The coalition is
comprised of social change organizations, academic institutions and
other professionals, including the Association for Civil Rights in
Israel and the law clinics at Haifa University and Tel Aviv University.
coalition has been advocating for the initiation of affordable housing
in Tel Aviv – Yafo, a city that is essentially evicting its long-term
residents because of a severe lack of affordable options for housing in
the city. Furthermore, in August 2009, the coalition established a blog
on affordable housing that combines local Israeli issues with global
perspectives and aims to raise the awareness of the public to the
housing crisis in Israel.
“Reform” of the Israel Land Administration (ILA)
“reform” law that was passed by the Knesset in July 09 is actually a
revolutionary and far-reaching transformation of the values and history
of the country, promoting the privatization of land, a process that is
expected to significantly and permanently influence economic, social and
environmental issues. Currently, the law is a skeleton whose details
will be determined by the Israel Land Council (ILC – the ILA’s board).
plans to implement an intensive strategy to prevent irreversible damage
to the country’s land, a valuable state-held asset. For instance, we
will monitor the amount of land being privatized, in order to guard the
limits set out in the law; We will scrutinize regulations that prevent
large concentrations of land in the hands of individual owners; We will
closely follow decisions of the Israel Land Council, lacks
non-governmental members; And, we will monitor decisions of the new Land
Authority, in which there are serious problems of lack of transparency.
ADJ will advocate in the framework of the Committee of Ministers, will
continue the public campaign and advocacy in the Knesset and ADJ will
consider initiating and joining legal processes, including submitting a
petition to the Supreme Court.