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Israel to Expand Illegal Settlements
04 August 2011
 
Press TV Israel seeks to deal with its housing crisis across the occupied Palestinian territories by expanding the illegal settlements in the West Bank. Forty-two members of Israel's Knesset signed a petition to expand the settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem), a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday. “This proves that Israel only thinks of expansion, confiscation of land and construction of settlements. They do not think about peace,” said Walid Assaf, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). On Wednesday, hundreds of Israeli demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the approval of a housing bill that will not apparently resolve the housing crisis in Israel. The Israeli protesters said the new law would only favor the rich by encouraging big developers to build luxury projects rather than affordable housing. The housing law would allow swift approval of plans for 50,000 housing units by special committees in order to increase supply and push down home prices. “The moral of the story is that [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to avoid economic and social pressures through more racist policies against the Palestinians,” said Khalil Shaheen, a political analyst. Israelis have also protested against the cost of living. They have presented Israeli authorities with sweeping demands including affordable housing, taxation, child care and reforms to healthcare and education. Israeli protesters say they will continue their campaign against rising living costs until their demands are met. Original article

Themes
• Access to natural resources
• Access to natural resources
• Access to natural resources
• Accompanying social processes
• Accompanying social processes
• Adverse possession
• Advocacy
• Advocacy
• Advocacy
• Architecture
• Architecture
• Armed / ethnic conflict
• Armed / ethnic conflict
• Basic services
• Basic services
• Basic services
• Children
• Children
• Commodification
• Commodification
• Cultural Heritage
• Cultural Heritage
• Demographic manipulation
• Destruction of habitat
• Destruction of habitat
• Destruction of habitat
• Disability
• Disability
• Disaster mitigation
• Disaster mitigation
• Discrimination
• Discrimination
• Discrimination
• Displaced
• Displaced
• Displaced
• Displacement
• Displacement
• Displacement
• Dispossession
• Dispossession
• Dispossession
• Education
• Education
• Elderly
• Elderly
• Energy
• Energy
• Epidemics, diseases
• Epidemics, diseases
• ESC rights
• ESC rights
• ESC rights
• Extraterritorial obligations
• Extraterritorial obligations
• Fact finding mission/field research
• Farmers/Peasants
• Financialization
• Financialization
• Financialization
• Food (rights, sovereignty, crisis)
• Food (rights, sovereignty, crisis)
• Forced evictions
• Forced evictions
• Forced evictions
• Gentrification
• Gentrification
• Health
• Health
• Historic heritage sites
• Historic heritage sites
• Homeless
• Homeless
• Homeless
• Housing crisis
• Housing rights
• Housing rights
• Housing rights
• Human rights
• Human rights
• Human rights
• Immigrants
• Immigrants
• Indigenous peoples
• Indigenous peoples
• Informal settlements
• Internal migrants
• Internal migrants
• Internal migrants
• Land rights
• Landless
• Legal frameworks
• Legal frameworks
• Legal frameworks
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• Local Governance
• Local Governance
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• Low income
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• Norms and standards
• Norms and standards
• Property rights
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• Public policies
• Public policies
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• Public programs and budgets
• Public programs and budgets
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• Refugees
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• Religious
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• Research
• Research
• Right to the city
• Right to the city
• Security of tenure
• Security of tenure
• Security of tenure
• Stateless
• Stateless
• Subsidies
• Subsidies
• Temporary shelter
• Temporary shelter
• Tenants
• Tenants
• UN system
• UN system
• UN system
• Unemployed
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• Urban planning
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• Water&sanitation
• Women
• Women
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