You’d expect beach-lovers to be slapping on the sunscreen, catching a few waves or working on their tan, right?
But this summer, Israel’s most committed beach-lovers could be found in the Knesset, planning committees, in the court and online. Because this summer will be remembered for the hottest debate over the future of Israel’s beaches.
You’ve helped us to bring about the iconic Coastline Protection Act in 2004. You’ve helped us to uphold crucial checks and balances to ensure that our kids will be able to create precious beach-time memories to last them a lifetime. Now, you’re doing it again!
1. In the Knesset: Preserving Israel’s beaches for recreation and tourism by amending a controversial law which aims to 'boost' tourism at the expense of beach-goers’ open access to the coast.
As an incentive to encourage entrepreneurs to build more hotel rooms, the law gives the green light to allot 20% of the hotel land for private residences. We made sure that this will NOT apply to hotels near the coastline. This is a big deal because Israel’s narrow shore (122 miles!) doesn’t have room to squeeze in private beach residences. This important provision means that the golden rule has been upheld: Israel’s public beaches will remain just that – public! A place of tourism and recreation - open and accessible for EVERYONE to enjoy! Read why beach condos are a no-no for Israel’s shores and take a behind the scenes look into how we improved the law.
2. In the courts: Defending Israel’s carefully crafted coastline protections in a petition to the High Court of Justice to stop the approval of a new master plan for the country's coastline (Tama 1).
The new plan will cancel the protected status of 3,200 acres (13,000 dunams) of beaches and leave them open for rezoning for construction. The move is part of a process to replace existing master plans with new versions which drastically reduce the protections now in place for coastal areas. Read more about our petition here.
3. In the community: Israelis pitch in to help us beat our goal in our first-ever emergency crowd-funding campaign.
Hundreds of beach-loving Israelis support our cause to defend coastline protections! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Read more here.
People of the Sea – Childhood memories: We all have treasured seaside memories on Israel's beautiful beaches.
Our staff shares some of their favorite childhood stories, anecdotes and memories of their youth. The support of our donors means that our kids and grandkids will be able to create these memories too. We are asking our friends and supporters to share their memories, photos and stories on Israel’s beaches. Read more here.
ADAM TEVA V'DIN: Israel’s coastline protectors
For 25 years we have used our unique legal and planning expertise to protect Israel’s beaches. This is how we successfully secured the historic Coastline Protection Act (2004), Israel's first legal framework for preserving the Mediterranean coastal strip.This is how we saved the Palmachim beach from development. This is how we stopped the expansion of the Carmel Beach Towers and other coastal threats.
Palmachim beach: Is this the future of our beautiful beaches?
From its inception, Adam Teva V’Din has been at the forefront of protecting the nation's over-developed coastline. Our landmark lawsuits, starting with the milestone Carmel Beach Towers case, confirmed that Israel’s coasts are a public resource which should remain accessible to the public.
For the Israeli public, our sun-soaked beaches are a favorite recreational retreat and serve as refuge from the commotion and pressures of urban life.
Israel’s prized Mediterranean coastline is only 122 miles long. Yet as a result of land development tug of wars, a scarce 10 mile sliver of shore is open and accessible for public enjoyment.
Roughly 2/3 of the country’s coastal belt is taken up by infrastructure such as ports, power plants, natural gas and desalination facilities and military bases. The remaining shoreline is further obstructed by hotel complexes, marinas and marine sport facilities, leaving each Israeli citizen with a scrap of ½ an inch of valuable beach.