Peace Now: “Settlement construction rises by 70%” October 19, 2013

IMEMC    -    18 October 2013

460_0___10000000_0_0_0_0_0_constructionsIsraeli Peace Now movement issued a report on Israeli settlement construction and expansion activities, and revealed that settlement construction increased by %70 in the period between January and June 2013.

Peace Now said that its data is based on survey of aerial photos, and count of all units that “started/ended to be built in each settlement.”

It said that there is a %70 increase in construction starts when compared to the same time-frame of last year, and added that constructions started for building 1708 units from January to June.

Peace Now added that 180 of these constructions are in fact located in illegal settlement outposts, comparing to 995 units in the same period of 2012.

It further stated that the construction of 1794 units have been completed, and 2840 units are still under construction.

The Movement said that %61 of the construction starts (1040 units) were in isolated illegal settlement east of the border that was proposed by the Geneva Initiative, adding that %44 of the construction starts were east of the planned rout of the Annexation Wall, and only %32 (542 units) were built on the western side of the Wall.

It also said that constructions also started for 180 public buildings, such as synagogues, schools and kindergartens, in addition to 1708 apartments, 74 industrial and agricultural buildings.

Peace Now said that all of these tenders and plans mean that when Israel declared a temporary freeze of settlement activities, until July 2013, it did not implement a general freeze or moratorium on settlement constructions, but only part of the constructions in the settlements.

PDF Map Of construction Starts – Peace Now…g.pdf

Examples of building sites as stated by Peace Now:

Ariel – 51 housing units
Bracha – 88 housing units
Givat Ze’ev – 106 housing units (in the haredi neighborhood)
Modi’in Illit – 108 housing units
Nili – 100 housing units
Neriah – 42 housing units
Eli – 30 housing units
Alei Zahav – 35 housing units
Etz Efraim – 51 housing units
Tekoa – 39 housing units
Beit Arieh – 38 housing units

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