Israeli reports reveal increase in settlement activity, demolitions

[ 07/03/2011 – 05:40 PM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Recent Israeli reports reveal a marked increase in settlement activity and demolitions in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities have boosted the rate of recent demolitions of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, the Israeli Yesh Din rights group reported on Monday.

The report says Israel’s Jerusalem municipality and Israeli police have come to a cooperative agreement since the beginning of 2011 to accelerate demolition orders against Palestinian homes.

The municipality has increased its number of search team members, who have carried out daily operations, the report says. On Sunday demolition notices were handed to at least 24 apartments in two buildings and two other homes in north and east Jerusalem.

”Because of the policies of the municipality and the Israeli government, Palestinians are forced to build without permits,” the report adds. ”The majority of Palestinian buildings threatened to be destroyed have permits. But Israeli authorities consider small extentions as an excuse to void the entire license.”

Israel has handed out a total of 106 demolition orders on homes owned by Palestinians in less than a month’s time.

A second report issued by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics reveals that settlement construction in the West Bank had increased by about four times since the end of the settlement freeze five months ago.

According to that data, Jewish settlers built new homes at a monthly average of 114, and they completed works on 1,175 houses started before the moratorium.

The report says settlers began works on 427 houses in the last three months of 2010, as compared to 114 in the first nine months of the year.

According to sources inside the statistics bureau, the information is partial and does not express the actual number of units built.

Israeli reports reveal increase in settlement activity, demolitions.

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