A new report of the Macro Center for Political Economics shows that the Israeli government spending on settlements and settlers in all aspects of life is more than double their percentage of the total population of Israel. This is particularly the case in government-sponsored settlement construction. While settlers comprised 4.5% of the total Israeli population, settlement construction accounted for 10.2% of the total government construction. This percentage does not include settlers in settlement quarters in occupied Jerusalem.

According to recently published statistics, nearly 400,000 settlers reside in the occupied West Bank. Added to these, 210,000 settlers have lived in occupied Jerusalem since 1967. Accordingly, the settler population totals 610,000.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.