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Town Planning Under Military Occupation

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Anthony CoonHead of the Centre for Planning, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

ISBN13: 9781855212879
ISBN: 1855212870
Published: October 1992
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

The West Bank is notable for some of the most ambitious urban development projects, and also some of the most rigorous restrictive planning policies of modern times. This book examines the way the planning system - legislation, controls, development plans and a massive programme of land seizure and house demolition has been used since 1967 by the Israeli occupying authorities to restrict opportunity for development by Palestinians. Land ownership and use are of crucial significance to any peace accord in the Middle East, and this book penetrates the cloak of secrecy which envelopes Israeli administration of the occupied territories. The book thus offers insight into a matter of international importance, as well as a detailed analysis of the application of a sophisticated planning system in an area of rapid social change where the objectives of the planning authorities are essentially racial rather than social or economic.

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Part 1 Historical and geographical setting: historical background; physical setting; demography; development and economy; development and planning needs.
Part 2 The legal and administrative basis of planning in the West Bank: background; Jordanian law no.
79; Israeli military orders; planning administration at the present time.
Part 3 Plans for development: regional plans; outline plans; detailed plans; assessment of the current development plan situation.
Part 4 The control of development: the methods of controlling development; policy context for the control of development; controls on the subdivision of land; procedure for obtaining building permits; number of building permits issued; demolition of development without a building permit; some broader questions of control and stimulation of development.
Part 5 Jewish settlement and land seizure: land seizure; population trends; Jewish settlement today; settlement policy; development plans for Jewish settlement; implications for Palestinian development.
Part 6 Conclusions: an effective planning administration?; discrimination and subjugation; the future. Appendices: Sources of information for figures; glossary of terms; military order 418.