JERUSALEM (AP) — New official data obtained by The Associated Press shows a spike in Jewish settlement construction in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem since President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
It also shows decades of systematic discrimination, illustrated by a huge gap in the number of building permits granted to Jewish and Palestinian residents.
Jewish settlement expansion in east Jerusalem, which Israel seized along with the West Bank and Gaza in the 1967 Mideast war, threatens to further complicate one of the thorniest issues in the conflict — the fate of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians view settlement expansion as a major obstacle to peace. The refusal to grant permits to Palestinian residents has confined them to crowded neighborhoods, with around half the population believed to be at risk of having their homes demolished.