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Anti-Displacement and Affordable Housing Strategies in Jaffa, Israel


The thesis examines the incorporation of anti-displacement measures to protect the vulnerable community into redevelopment and renewal projects that have taken place between 2000-2020 in the district of Jaffa in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel. In addition, the thesis examines state and city initiatives to provide affordable housing solutions in the district. This is done in response to the city government’s statements and commitments in the city's strategic plans to the vulnerable community of Jaffa, and primarily to the Arab community of Jaffa over the past twenty years. Using document and literature review as well as interviews with various stakeholders, I review five redevelopment and renewal projects as well as city and state affordable housing initiatives. I concluded that the city in the past ten years increased its efforts to provide affordable housing solutions and to protect the vulnerable community of Jaffa from the increased gentrification; however, its neoliberal approach to planning and its goal to attract younger middle-class residents to Jaffa overcome its commitment to the vulnerable community of Jaffa and limits its ability to incorporate anti-displacement measures in the district.

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