“Not in planning’s name”? Lessons from Israel/Palestine

Autor: Marco Allegra

Last year an International Advisory Board (IAB) chaired by Cliff Hague (former president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, RTPI) and working under the auspices of the UN-Habitat, produced a report on planning conditions for Palestinian communities in the so-called “Area C” of the West Bank. The report detailed the asymmetries of planning policies in Israel/Palestine, and highlighted how planning arguments are often used by Israeli authorities to curtail Palestinian development. The publication of the report has stimulated a debate in the planning community: the findings of the report were endorsed by eighteen former presidents of the RTPI in a letter to the Institute’s official magazine, The Planner. Hague himself recently published a commentary in the journal Planning Theory and Practice. Reflecting on his experience, he noted how in the West Bank “‘good planning’ is the rationale for oppressing poor people”, and asked professional bodies to take a stand against oppressive practices in Area C by declaring “not in planning’s name”. Continuar a ler