Israel expands settlement projects in West Bank 26May12 May 26, 2012

The Palestinian Information Centre  -  25 May 2012

OCCUPIED WEST BANK,(PIC)– Jad Ishak, director of applied research center Areej specialised in settlements affairs, said that settlement building area in 8 districts in the occupied West Bank is larger than the Palestinian construction area in the same districts.

Ishak told Quds press that the current Jewish settlements projects on Palestinian territories will turn 180 outposts in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem to settlements. The total outpost numbers which have been built since 1998 when the former PM Ariel Sharon ordered to occupy the Palestinian mountain tops, has reached 400 settlements.

Ishak has stressed on the seriousness of this law which violates the “Quartet” and the road map which call for dismantling all outposts built after March 2001.

He also stated that life conditions in settlements are much better than occupied cities in order to attract more settlers by providing all life requirements.

He mentioned that Areej center has prepared a study which showed that the settlement construction process in Al-Khalil, Jinin, and Tulkarem is equivalent to the Palestinian construction process, while the settlement building area in the other provinces is larger than the Palestinian constructions area.

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