Provided by the Government Press Office
Construction for Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem
Prime Minister Netanyahu believes that the building of homes for Jewish and Arab residents
alike is essential for the continued development of Jerusalem. Construction plans for 3,015
housing units in 10 Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem will be implemented simultaneously with
the Har Homa project.
Most Expropriated Land was Jewish-Owned
To implement the Har Homa construction project, it was necessary in past years to
expropriate land, most of it Jewish-owned. Approximately 1,400 of the 1,850 dunams at the
site, or 75%, were expropriated from Jews, while nearly 450 dunams, or 25%, were owned by
Arabs. No new expropriations are necessary to implement the building project at Har
Eases Jerusalemâs Housing Shortage
The building project at Har Homa is slated to take place in two stages and will ultimately include
6,500 housing units, as well as schools, parks, public buildings, and commercial and industrial
zones. In the first stage, 2,456 housing units will be built.
The Har Homa project will ease the housing shortage in Jerusalem and provide residents with a
wider array of housing options.
Located Within Jerusalemâs Municipal Boundaries
Har Homa is located in the southern part of Jerusalem near Kibbutz Ramat Rachel and Gilo. The
1,850 dunam site is fully within Jerusalemâs municipal boundaries and is currently uninhabited.
Approved by the High Court of Justice
The High Court of Justice rejected appeals by both Jewish and Arab landowners and
approved the expropriations. The expropriations were undertaken on the basis of the
fundamental common law principle of eminent domain, allowing governments to expropriate land
from private owners for public use. In a decision issued on December 22, 1994, the Court
concluded, “There is no other option for constructing the neighborhood other than expropriating
the land, and building the neighborhood as planned by the state.”
As the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said in the Knesset on May 15, 1995, “Building
Jerusalem, like any other city, sometimes requires confiscating land both for construction needs
and for public needs, like roads, schools, kindergartens, and community facilities. It has always
been this way in Israel.”
Consistent With Oslo
Despite Palestinian claims to the contrary, Israelâs policy is fully consistent with the terms of
the Oslo Accords.
Neither the Declaration of Principles of September 13, 1993 nor the Interim Agreement (“Oslo
2”) of September 28, 1995 contains any provisions prohibiting or restricting Israelâs right to
undertake construction projects in areas under Israelâs jurisdiction.