Israel illegal settlement councils receive $39m govt. funding | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Israel illegal settlement councils receive $39m govt. funding

Israel’s illegal settlements receive 144 million shekels ($39 million) in government funding for regional councils, a new Knesset report has revealed.

The report was undertaken by the Knesset’s Research and Information Centre and disclosed the vast sums of money the Israeli government gives to its illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank across education, welfare and support grants.

The report found that the Israeli government gives $39 million to regional councils located in the occupied West Bank, which amounts to 25 per cent of Israel’s regional council budget, Ynet reported. This is despite the fact that West Bank councils only account for five per cent of all Israeli regional councils.

Israel’s illegal settlements are also disproportionately funded in other sectors, including 99.8 million shekels ($27 million) given in grants, which constitutes 9.2 per cent of all grants awarded by the government. Over six per cent of these grants are given to just two settlements – the ultra-Orthodox Beitar Illit and Modi’in Illit, situated west of Bethlehem and east of Lod (Lydda) respectively.

Students in illegal settlements are also given more funding than their counterparts inside Israel, with a student in the settlements receiving 15,900 shekels ($4,300) per year compared to the 9,800 shekels ($2,655) per year given to students inside Israel, Ynet added.