Peace Now Documents Numerous Building Starts in Judea & Samaria

Radical left-wing Peace Now reports that only 3% of "illegal" building starts in Judea & Samaria have been razed; another 5% were self-evacuated.

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Radical left-wing Peace Now has released a report stating that Jewish construction continues on a wide scale throughout Judea and Samaria, despite official policy against new construction there.

The report alleges that the law enforcement agencies largely ignore the Jewish growth, having knocked down less than 3% of the "illegal" building starts.  Another 5% were self-evacuated.

Peace Now, whose goal it is to remove or destroy all Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, reports that 3,449 files have been opened against illegal building starts by Jews in Judea and Samaria in the past ten years.  Of these, Peace Now claims, only 107 were destroyed, and another 171 were self-evacuated.

The Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Yesha) said in response that the report presents a "distorted and one-sided picture," omitting all information on the number of illegal Arab structures throughout Yesha. "Providing the figures on illegal Arab construction throughout Judea and Samaria and the Negev would give the proper proportions on the extent of the real problem," the Council stated.

In first place in building starts in Yesha, according to Peace Now, is the community of Ofrah, between Jerusalem and Shilo, with 196.  Following way behind is Beit El, just five kilometers to the west, with 107. 

In the "illegal outposts" category, Bruchin (near Ariel) is first, with 104 building complaints registered, followed by Shvut Rachel (adjacent to Shilo), Migron (near Psagot), and HaYovel (outside Eli, north of Shilo).


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