ACRI: Say No to Jewish Homes

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel appeals to stop 'racist' Jewish housing, build for Arabs instead.

Maayana Miskin,

A Yafo street
A Yafo street
Israel News Photo: Flash 90

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has filed a request asking the government to oppose a Jewish housing project in Jaffa (Yafo), and to build houses for Arabs instead. In a letter to MK David Azoulai (Shas), head of the Knesset's Internal Affairs Committee, the group called to prevent religious Jewish groups from building in mixed Jewish-Arab cities.

The Yafo housing project is backed by the religious construction company, 'B'Emuna.' The company plans to build 20 housing units in Yafo in the upcoming months that will be sold to young religious Jewish couples, and another 200 housing units in the future.

ACRI called the plan to build Jewish housing in a mixed Jewish-Arab city “provocative.” In addition, the group termed B'Emuna's ideology “racist,” because the group promotes traditional Jewish education, in which Jewish students learn in an all-Jewish environment, and not in mixed Arab-Jewish schools.

ACRI: Build for Arabs, not Jews
While opposing the plan to build housing for young Jewish couples, ACRI called for the construction of 400 housing units for Arab residents of Yafo.

B'Emuna spokesmen said in response that the future tenants of their housing project will be good neighbors to Arabs and Jews alike. The project is legal, and more such projects will follow in the future, they said.

"We will continue to strive to strengthen socially and economically weak areas... to improve the education in the area, and to strengthen Jewish residents of mixed cities,” the company said.

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