IN THE WEST BANK ARE HOUSING 476,000 ISRAEL SETTLERS
The Palestinian Census Bureau issued a report stating that
there are 144 Israeli settlements, housing 476,000 Israeli settlers, spread
all over the West Bank, including the occupied city of Jerusalem.
The report, which is for the year 2006, states that 26 of
those settlements are in the occupied city of Jerusalem, 16 of them already
annexed to Jerusalem.
259,000 settlers live in settlements in and around the occupied city of
Jerusalem, while 77,000 settlers live in settlements around the central West
Bank city of Ramallah. In addition, 46,000 live in settlements around the
southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, 29,000 located near Salfit City in the
northern part of the West Bank, and 1,300 settlers live in settlements near
the northern West Bank city of Tubas.
The report stated that those numbers do not include the random 165
settlements, home of 10,000 settlers, which the Israeli army considers to be
The United Nations states that an occupying force is not allowed to build
settlements or relocate original citizens during the time of occupation.
Regardless, Israel continues to build settlements inside the lands that it
occupied since 1967, and refuses to evacuate them palestinian.