New settler home constructions in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has soared by 70 percent in the year to March 2017, according to the data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.
Work began on 2,758 dwellings since April 2016, compared with 1,619 during the previous 12 months that ended in March 2016.
The figures released on Monday do not include Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem which Israel considers an integral part of its “indivisible capital”.
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Settlement watchdog Peace Now said the settlement boom coincided with a 2.5-percent drop in construction starts inside Israel.
“Instead of working to solve the Israeli housing crisis, the government prioritises a radical minority living beyond the boundaries of the state,” it said, according to the Reuters news agency.
“Such construction continues to…