Building in illegal outposts stepped-up during war
Peace Now: Building in illegal outposts stepped-up during war
By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
According to Israel Radio, the Peace Now organization reports that building in illegal outposts in the West Bank was accelerated during the war in Lebanon.
31 outposts have seen expansion and infrastructure works and 12 outposts have even seen the construction of permanent buildings, according to Peace Now’s bi-annual report.
Peace Now leaders now demand the Defense Minister Amir Peretz live up to his promise to evacuate illegal outposts.
Peretz had promised to tackle the problem of illegal outposts in the summer of 2006.
Israel Defense Forces and the police had already prepared for the evacuation by force of five outposts which had been labeled as “particularly problematic,” Israel Radio reported. The plans were put on hold when war broke out in the north.
The report by Peace Now, whose representatives have been tracking and documenting developments in the outposts, indicates that the opposite has occurred – the outposts are growing, expanding and becoming established.
Peace now reported expansion works in 31 outposts where new mobile homes, roads and infrastructure were being laid out.
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