The Israeli Settlement Database, via Ha’aretz

Jewschool brings us this news article from Ha’aretz, where they find themselves with the complete database of settlement construction from the Israeli government. The link to the article can be found here.

As pointed out in Jewschool, these findings directly contradict the Israeli’s government claiming it does not requisition private lands for the purpose of building settlements – many of those settlements were built on private land seized for “military purposes” and this allegedly includes Talmudei Torah (religious schools).

The bottom line here, basically, is that this will lend major legitimacy to legal claims against settlement building, which really seems to be the only avenue through which these illegal settlements will be shut down since the government has not shown any willingness to do so, aside from in Gaza.

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