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How Israel uses the WZO Settlement Division

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Published: 2 January 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Controversial bill on settlement funding signed into law – The Times of Israel 24.12.15
Jewish Home [Habayit Hayehudi] party lauds regulation of World Zionist Organization Settlement Division activities; opposition says law aims to fund illegal outposts. [The law aims to circumvent a legal opinion issued by Deputy Attorney-General Dina Zilber in early 2015 that barred all government allocations to the WZO Settlement Division on the grounds that it operates in a legally gray area.]
Read report here

And see:
State ignored illegal transfer of land to settlers November 14, 2015

The Israeli Government's twilight zone that helps settle the West Bank
– Haaretz 03.03.15
The World Zionist Organisation's Settlement Division, which isn't a government agency, helps the state get around its own laws.

Abolish the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division
– Haaretz editorial 12.05.15
While meant to engage in rural development throughout Israel, the division instead serves as a tool for sacrificing public funds to the narrow interests of the settler movement.


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