[News] Settlement Activities Did Not Stop During Settlement Freeze

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Mon Sep 27 14:31:08 EDT 2010

Settlement Activities Did Not Stop During 
Settlement Freeze, Research Center Says


  Monday September 27, 2010 08:34
 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies 
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The Land and Research Center reported that Israel 
was ongoing with its settlement activities during 
the co-called temporary settlement freeze that 
officially expired by midnight Sunday.

The Center said that Israel continued the work in 
more than 120 settlements and annexed large areas 
of Palestinian lands in the West Bank.

It added that statistics revealed that settlement 
activities did not halt during the freeze, and 
that some 1,520 units were built or are currently under construction.

Israel also prepared contracts for the 
construction of 2,066 units for settlements in 
addition to plans for construction of 37,679 
units for settlers in the near future.

The Center further stated that Israel annexed 
5,906 dunams of Palestinian lands during the 
“settlement freeze”, and uprooted 920 dunams of 
Palestinian farmlands and orchards.

Also during the freeze, Israel demolished 280 
homes and structures, and intends to demolish nearly 830 structures.

Israel also prevented the paving of 10 new roads 
in several parts of the West Bank, while settlers 
occupied 13 homes and managed to pave 28 settler-only roads.

In related news, Israeli media sources reported 
that Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has 
asked his ministers not to make any announcements 
or statements regarding the end of settlement 
freeze, and also asked settler leaders to cancel 
plans for celebrating the end of this freeze.

The sources added that Israeli Member of Knesset 
of the Likud Party, Danny Dannon, stated that 
Monday will witness the placing of cornerstones 
for some 2,000 units in different West Bank 
settlements. The Likud Party is headed by Netanyahu.

• 1 Dunam equals 0.247 Acres

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