Israel Still Building in Occupied Territories
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[16.01.01] According to an article in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, The Israeli government granted
building permits for 1,184 housing units in the territories during the first 10 months of 2000,
according to Israeli Knesset member Mussi Raz of Meretz. Raz's data are based on the Central Bureau
of Statistics and the Housing Ministry, and indicate that 529 of these units were in the greater
However, many permits were also granted in settlements far from the Green Line, and are likely to be
evacuated under any agreement with the Palestinians. These included permits for 59 units in Kedumim,
13 in Talmon and 18 in Psagot.
According to Raz, during the first 11 months of last year, there were1,626 government housing unit
starts in the occupied territories, up from 1,367 in all of 1999. The population of the settlements
rose by 7 percent during the first nine months of the year, to 196,800 people. This compares to a
1.7 percent increase in the population inside the Green Line during this period.
Raz also said that the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) sold 2,804 lots for building in the
territories in 2000, or 12.5 percent of the total number of lots it sold that year.
Raz said these were incompatible with the government's stated efforts to reach a peace agreement and
demanded that the government put an immediate halt to all construction in the settlements.
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