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37% Increase in Jewish Colonies Population in 6 Years

TEL AVIV, June 8, 2009 (WAFA)- “Since Israel accepted the Road Map, which mandated a freeze of all settlement activity, the settler population in the West Bank has swelled from 211,400 to over 289,600 - an increase of 37% in six years,” B’tselem reported.


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In a report issued, Wednesday, B’tselemsa said the Israeli government has used the idea of 'natural growth' as a fig leaf to cover large-scale expansion of Jewish colonies.


B’tselem added that the population of Israel increased at a rate of 1.8%. Among the Jewish population the growth rate is 1.6%. In that same year, the colonies increased by 5.6%. Of that figure, a full 40% is directly attributable to immigration, from Israel and abroad.


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B’tselem continued that, “The Netanyahu government claims that barring 'natural growth' will tear families a


Added: Jul-8-2009 Occurred On: Jul-8-2009
By: dan_man_
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Middle East
Tags: West Bank, Palestine, Israel, colonies, settlements, settlers
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