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3 New Settlements Established

Less than 24 hours before the national elections were to begin, three new settlements were formally established yesterday in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, the Ministerial Settlement Committee voted to establish another three settlements beyond the “green line,” the line on the map which separates Israel proper from the occupied territories.

Two of the future settlements are to be in northern Samaria in the West Bank and another one, planned as a fishing village, will be in the Gaza Strip north of the town of Gaza.

The settlement committee rejected an appeal by Nissim Shauli, the Labor Party’s co-chairman of the Jewish Agency’s settlement department, against a committee decision last week to establish new villages in the occupied territories.