Group: Outposts built on private Palestinian land

Left-wing organization Peace Now has claimed that over a third of the land on which West Bank settlements and outposts were built is considered privately-owned Palestinian land, it was reported on Wednesday. According to a report published by the group in November, 130 settlements were constructed either entirely or partly on approximately 60 thousand dunams of private Palestinian land, thus rendering them illegal according to a 1979 Supreme Court ruling on the subject. The report said that Palestinian land accounts for 40 percent of the land used for settlements. "The claim by the State and settlers that the settlements have been constructed on state land is misleading and false," the group said on its Web site.