New data shows Israeli settlement surge in east Jerusalem

The latest statistics, obtained by Israeli human rights group, reveal there has been 60% increase in settlement construction in the first 2 years of Trump's presidency, with 21,834 building permits issued to Jewish residents and only 9,536 to Palestinians

Settlement surge in East Jerusalem

Ynet News reports:

There has been a spike in Jewish settlement construction in east Jerusalem since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, along with strong evidence of decades of systematic discrimination illustrated by a huge gap in the number of construction permits granted to Jewish and Palestinian residents, according to new data published by The Associated Press on Thursday.

The expansion of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, which Israel seized along with the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war, threatens to further complicate one of the thorniest issues in the conflict.  The refusal to grant permits to Palestinian residents has confined them to crowded, poorly served neighborhoods, with around half the population believed to be at risk of having their homes demolished.

The data was acquired and analyzed by Peace Now, Israeli liberal advocacy and activist group, which says it only obtained the figures after a two-year battle with the municipality. It says the numbers show that while Palestinians make up more than 60% of the population in east Jerusalem, they have received only 30% of the building permits issued since 1991.

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