Monday, May 12, 2008

Israeli Army Carried Out only 3% of Settlement Demolition Order

According to the [Peace Now] report, from 1997-2007 the Civil Administration issued 3449 demolition orders for illegally built structures in the settlements and settlement outposts, but evacuated and demolished only 107 of them, the report stated...The Civil Administration no longer enforces construction laws inside the settlements' official municipal boundaries, due to a 1998 directive from the IDF Central Command. Peace Now said "the significance is that the number of construction violations inside the settlements is much higher then the number provided by [Civil Administration] statistics."
Perhaps this Haarezt article isn't the most interesting ever written, but it describes the heart of the problem - illegal settlement expansion with impunity- facing Tuwani and the South Hebron Hills. Well worth a read.

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