October 21, 2013

Settlement Construction Increas (B"H)

A worker at a construction site in the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim in March 2011 (photo credit:  Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

The first half of 2013 marked a 70 percent increase in construction projects started in Israeli settlements compared to the same period last year, according to a report by a left-wing activist organization released Thursday.

Between January and June of this year, construction began on 1,708 units — 180 in illegal outposts — while last year that figure was 995.
The study by the Peace Now group also found that 44% of the new projects were located east of the security fence, and the vast majority of all the new construction, 1,469 units, began without tenders in settlements where they are not required.

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