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INTERACTIVE: Mapping the latest Israeli settlement expansion

January 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

This week, Israeli authorities have announced the advancement of significant numbers of settlement housing units in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).

This includes 566 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem (announced 22 January), and more than 2,500 housing units in the occupied West Bank (announced 24 January).

The following map indicates the locations of the settlements in question, and the number of housing units which will be built in each respectively (there is also a full list below).

Israeli organisation Peace Now has explained on their website (the source for the numbers featured here) how the housing units being advanced are at different stages of the planning process.

In total, the number of units is actually more than has been reported in the media – 2,679 settlement housing units in the West Bank, in addition to the 566 in East Jerusalem settlements.

All Israeli settlements established in the OPT since 1967 are illegal under international law, and, according to leading human rights groups, constitute an inherently discriminatory system.