Amona set­tle­ment funded by Is­rael

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BETH­LE­HEM: The re­cently dis­man­tled il­le­gal set­tle­ment out­post of Amona was funded through a mil­lion-dol­lar loan from the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment, a re­port by Is­raeli news­pa­per Haaretz re­vealed on Mon­day, blur­ring the dis­tinc­tion be­tween set­tle­ments recog­nised and un­recog­nised by Is­rael.

Ac­cord­ing to Haaretz, set­tle­ment build­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion Amana ob­tained a $1.05 mil­lion (R13.6m) loan in 2002 to build in the out­posts of Amona and Mi­gron by mort­gag­ing pri­vate Pales­tinian lands to which it falsely claimed rights, and upon which it built the out­posts.

Both Mi­gron and Amona have since been evac­u­ated upon or­ders by the Is­raeli Supreme Court, with res­i­dents from the lat­ter out­post putting up se­ri­ous re­sis­tance dur­ing its dis­man­tle­ment. Ma’an

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