The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


East Jerusalem intensified planning during Pandemic

09 November 2022, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

East Jerusalem cityscape with new development

Event Information

Open to



Haim Yacobi


Room 403, Senate House
Senate House, Malet Street

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Jerusalem is a key example and case study for urban research, planning and transformation in fragile contexts affected by ethno-national conflict and partisan planning system. Palestinians in East Jerusalem face major disproportionate challenges in urban life and the susceptibility to violence remains a constant reality due to the protracted conflict. This presentation will focus on what resilience means in the East Jerusalem context, particularly considering the increasing political pressure and policies targeting Palestinians in the city.

Israel fosters many masterplans in the Jerusalem during covid 19 pandemic, these plans are not motivated only by demographic and territorial consideration, dismissing Palestinian identity and function whether political, cultural, and spatial is becoming a new goal for their political planning. these plans will be presented and their implications on the Palestinian right to the city will be discussed.

This presentation will also try to answer the question, how does a resilience framework apply within the context of the occupation policies and practices? and how this will affect Jerusalem on the short and long term.


Michael Walls


Rami Nasrallah is the founder and the Chairman of the International Peace and Cooperation Center (IPCC) in East Jerusalem in 1999, a policy and applied research center specializing in zoning, planning and community development in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank.  He, himself, was born in East Jerusalem.  Dr. Nasrallah received a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Technology University of Delft in the Netherlands in 2009.