The PePeace Now?s Report on Settlement Land See Update: Charges, map based on largely debunked Palestinian claims Peace Now, the Israel-based advocacy group, has issued a new report, Breaking the Law ? One Violation Leads to Another, claiming that ?a large proportion of the settlements built on the West Bank are built on privately owned Palestinian land,? including 86.4% of Ma?ale Adumim?s land and 35.1% of Ariel?s. Overall, the report claims, ?Palestinians privately own nearly 40% of the land on which settlements have been built.? This is in direct contradiction to often repeated claims by numerous Israeli governments that settlements are built only on state (that is, public) land and not on private land. The Peace Now report harshly concludes in its Executive Summary that: ...in addition to ignoring international laws and agreements, Israel has violated even its own norms and laws in the West Bank, through the confiscation of private Palestinian property and the building of settlements upon them... Peace Now condemns the violation of Israeli law carried out over the past forty years by the State of Israel. We condemn the efforts of politicians and bureaucrats to launder the land grab, which deprived thousands of Palestinians of the basic human right of possession, on the individual and collective levels. We demand that the present Israeli Government rectify the situation, which means returning the private land to its owners. (emphasis in original ace Now report was proven to be false...
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