01.6.09. Every year, Amnesty International evaluates the human rights situation in countries around the world. Statistics show the population continues to rise, having now reached around 400,000 in the West Bank and 200,000 in East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements currently exist throughout the West Bank, according to a September report from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, but whether these and other settlements in East Jerusalem are legally constituted as “occupied territory” remains a controversial legal topic — one that is beyond the scope of this article. The Central Bureau of Statistics has never made a detailed list of the number of settlers living in each settlement.

This brings the settler population to approximately 630,000 Israeli settlers in 143 settlement locations in the West Bank (132) including East Jerusalem (11) and 106 outposts. Settlements Settlements are Jewish communities that Israel established after 1967 beyond the Green Line on land occupied in the Six-Day War.

West Bank Settlements – Facts and Figures.

But behind the figures lies a different story. In the ‘60s and ‘70s some settlements are marked as too small to hold a census in, and were assumed to have fewer than 50 residents. To download a map of West Bank settlements and outposts. When Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War, no Israeli citizens had lived in the territory for nearly two decades, since an earlier war. ^ - Israel withdrew all settlements from Gaza in August 2005 Sources: Foundation for Middle East Peace ; Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics ; Tovah Lazaroff, “Settler housing starts up by 124% in 2013,” Jerusalem Post , (March 3, 2014) Illegal or unauthorized settlements also didn’t appear in the bureau’s census until they were legalized. Stay up to date and learn about key human rights issues in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories.