Land Expropriation and Settlements Statistics

Settlements & land
Land Expropriation and Settlements Statistics

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories


Published: 1 Jan 2011
Updated: 22 Apr 2013
As of the end of 2011, there are 121 government- sanctioned Israeli settlements in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem).

In addition, there were approximately 100 “settlement outposts” located throughout the West Bank. The outposts do not have official government recognition, although many of them were established with governmental assistance. Outposts are generally smaller than recognized settlements.

Twelve large Israeli neighborhoods were built in areas that Israel annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality after 1967. These neighborhoods are also considered settlements under international law. In addition, settler enclaves have been built in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods in these annexed areas, with aid by the Israeli government and the Jerusalem Municipality.

An estimated 520,456 settlers live in the West Bank. This figure is derived from two statistics by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS): At the end of 2011, the settlements in the West Bank settlements, not including East Jerusalem, had a population of 325,456 people. Overall annual population growth in the city Jerusalem at the end of 2011 was approximately 2.5% According to a calculation based on that information, 195,000 people lived in the Israeli neighborhoods in East Jerusalem at the end of 2011.

According to the CBS, the annual growth rate for the settler population (excluding East Jerusalem) in 2011 was more than two and a half times higher than that of the overall population in Israel: 6% and 1.8% percent, respectively. Furthermore, approximately 25% of the increase in the number of settlers was the result of relocation by Israelis and of the arrival of new immigrants to Israel who chose to live there.

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