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The Civil Authority demolished two structures in the outpost of Givat Ronen near the settlement of Har Bracha in Samaria on Monday.
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Civil Authorities claimed that the two structures, one a residence and the other a goat pen, were built in violation of the government-mandated building freeze.
Dozens of settler youth were reported to be gathering in the area to demonstrate against the government's actions.Settlers
living in Judea and Samaria represented 4.1% of Israel’s population of
7.4 million at the end of September 2009.
In 2008, the settler population grew by 14,000 people, out of which 9,700 were births.
of the 10,800 new people in Judea and Samaria at the end of September
2009, 50.4%, or 5,400 new people, came in the West Bank’s three largest
Jewish cities – Modi’in Illit, Beitar Illit and Ma’aleh Adumim – all of
which are close to the pre-1967 armistice line. The government believes
that that these three settlements would remain within Israeli
jurisdiction in any final-status agreement with the Palestinians.
Knesset member Michael Ben - Ari responded to news of the demolitions Monday, reportedly saying: "Five years after the evacuation of Gush
Katif, the Likud continues its racist behavior against the Jews."Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.