Publishing date: 28/06/2012
Through its continuous follow-up and monitoring of State planning committee meeting protocols, the Arab Center for Alternative Planning (ACAP) revealed the existence of an agreement between the Upper Galilee Regional Council and Rosh Pina Municipality involving the transfer of 1,000 dunams of land belonging to Tuba Al-Zangaria’s jurisdiction area to the jurisdiction area of Rosh Pina.
Disclosed in a protocol from a meeting in February from the Committee For Investigation of Jurisdiction Boundaries, the Ministry of Interior discusses the issue of transferring about 1,000 dunams of land presently belonging to the jurisdiction of Tuba to an adjacent industrial area belonging to the Upper Galilee Regional Council and Rosh Pina municipality.
It is important to note that Tuba Al-Zangaria will be adversely affected in this conversion of land into an industrial area which will be in close proximity to houses in Tuba. As a result, it will narrow the scope of the village and prevent development and expansion in the future. This area being discusses is the most appropriate area for expansion of Tuba in the future.
According to the Master District Plan Tamam 2/9, the area in question, which is agricultural land that is adjacent to Tuba was not included in the planned expansion of the industrial zone “Tsahar.” TAMAM 2/9 showed the possibility of expanding the industrial zone “Tsahar” to the South West (as shown on that attached map), in area belonging to Rosh Pina’s jurisdiction area.
ACAP has sent direct messages to the local municipality in Tuba raising awareness regarding the proposed plan and urging the municipality to file a legal objection to the Committee for Investigation of Jurisdiction Boundaries opposing the agreement between the Upper Galilee Regional Council and Rosh Pina municipality. The Committee for Investigation of Jurisdiction Boundaries will decide if the agreement is approved.
ACAP mentions that it is important to note that the jurisdiction area of Rosh Pina, which is comprised of 2,665 citizens, is 17,158 dunams; the jurisdiction area of Tuba, which has a population of 5,730, is only 3,554 dunams. This fact clearly shows discrimination between the two towns from State policies.