Click above for highlights; full report here (PDF). Here's a map of recent settlement-building activity:Construction in Isolated settlement Aims at a Teritorial [sic] Connection
A. Main Findings:
Over 1000 new buildings are being constructed in the settlements, in which approximately 2,600 housing units, according to
Peace Now’s calculations (aerial photographs and field visits). Approximately 55% of the new structures are located to the east of the constructed Separation Barrier.
According to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics, construction in the settlements has increased by a factor of 1.8 by comparison to the same period last year. The Housing Ministry initiated 433 new housing units during the period of January – May 2008, compared to just 240 housing units during the period January – May 2007 (construction initiated by the Housing Ministry accounted for 64% of all the construction counted in the West Bank by the CBS in recent months).
125 new structures have been added to the outposts, including 30 permanent houses.
The number of tenders for construction in the settlements has increased by 550%. 417 housing units, compared to just 65 in 2007.
The number of tenders in
East Jerusalemhas increased by a factor of 38 (1,761 housing units compared to 46 in 2007).
B. Construction in the Settlements: Eliminating the Green Line:
In recent years the trend has accelerated to eliminate the Green Line through intensive construction intended to create a territorial connection between the blocks of settlements and isolated settlements in the heart of the
And another important map, which you will no doubt see on the front page of the New York Times: