• 40% rise in new West Bank settlement homes in 2014


    JERUSALEM: The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 percent, the Peace Now anti-settlements watchdog said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The Israeli group said the construction of 3,100 “residential units” began last year in West Bank settlements, while 4,485 tenders for construction there and in east Jerusalem settlement districts were launched in 2014—“a record high for at least a decade.” Of the 3,100 units, 287 were in so-called wildcat settlements without official authorization from Israeli authorities, Peace Now said.



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