JERUSALEM (JTA) – Peace Now, citing government figures obtained through a freedom of information request, reported that 99.7 per cent of allocations of state land in Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank have been granted to Jewish settlers.
More than 347,000 acres, or 40 per cent, of Area C, the part of the West Bank under Israeli military and civil control, has been declared state lands since 1967. Of that, 167,000 acres have been set aside for public use, which includes the construction of settlements. Only 400 of those acres, or 0.24 per cent, have been earmarked for the use of Palestinians, The New York Times reported. [Read more…]