Profesessor Khamaisi of the University of Haifa describes the unique features of residential housing in the context of the Arab citizens of Israel. Based on questionnaires and interviews with planners, decision makers, Arab public representatives and data collected from the Planning Authority, he identifies the changes and challenges that are occurring in housing configurations of Arab citizens of Israel. Among the shifts and trends the report points out are an intensifying urbanisation, a decrease in private land available to develop housing, escalating land and housing costs, a rising percentage of young Arabs with a growing inclination to live in an apartment rather than a house, an increasing willingness to find housing in an urban environment, and an increase in the Arab middle classes.
The study also offers solutions to the housing challenges of the Arab community in Israel, based on reports from around the world, including Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority. The main recommendation of the report is to assign a team of government representatives, local authorities, civil society, and academia to study the needs regarding the Arab housing market. This includes planning, allocation of land, building, financial aid, and marketing.
Professor Khamaisi highlights “a reality in which the housing crisis in the Arab community is amplified, bearing economic, social and political implications. … This is precisely why raising public awareness to this housing crisis holds a high priority.”
The publication, written in Hebrew followed by an abstract in English, can be found here.