Shaked advances plan to increase number of Jewish settlers in Negev, Jaleel – Middle East Monitor
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has put forward a plan to increase settler homes in the occupied Negev and Jaleel, Israeli Hayom reported Wednesday.
According to the Israeli daily, the Regional Planning and Construction Council is expected to discuss Shaked’s plan to add 10,000 settler homes in these two areas next week.
Safa reported Israeli Hayom saying the plan aimed to increase the number of settlers in the two towns by 50% – increasing the number of settler families from 400 to 600.
The plan also aimed to increase the number of settler homes in Haifa and Ashkelon by 30 percent, and by 15 percent in central Israel.
According to Shaked’s plan, the houses in the Negev and Jaleel are to be doubled by dividing the already existing houses without making any change to the ownership status of those houses. They will remain registered as one household.
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The plan, according to the paper, would add tens of thousands of new homes and bolster the lives of settlers in these two towns, which are suffering from a demographic crisis linked to low density among Jewish residents.
The Israeli newspaper said the plan aims to flood a new, younger generation of Jews into those areas where a relatively old Jewish population lives, and its regulations fail to absorb new families.
It should be noted that the Israeli occupation authorities imposed restrictions on the Palestinian neighborhoods of Jaleel while confiscating large swathes of land belonging to the Palestinians under several pretexts.