Valens Emerging Markets support the delivery of the ICO’s vision and mission by providing tangible resources and benefit to inter-community reconciliation. We hope to align the future with social and economic equity and changing needs in divided cities. In this context, Dr. Gershon Baskin, The Holy Land Investment Bond Director now invites supporters to build housing projects with 50/50 Jewish, Palestinian residents.
Dr. Baskin says “I would like to work on launching housing projects in Israel’s mixed cities (Lod, Ramle, Acre, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, maybe Nof Hagalil) where we can legally ensure a 50:50 mix of Israeli Jews and Israeli Palestinians – whether it be in buildings with apartments for rent or for sale. There is no existing law in Israel, I believe, that would make this possible at this time. Perhaps we could leverage the law that enables buildings, neighborhoods and whole towns to have a Jewish religious identity in order to open up the possibilities for mandated integrated housing. It might require specific legislation, which is a challenge worth taking up with the current coalition… I am looking for opportunities to take on this challenge and I invite supporters of this idea to join me in the struggle. ”
Please read the article published by the Jerusalem Post here