Israel Claims Not To Know How Many Palestinians Live in Settlement Areas of West Bank

June 8, 2016 2:02 PM

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel does not know how many Palestinians are living in Area C, the part of the West Bank under Israeli civil and military control, the Civil Administration told a Knesset committee.

The Civil Administration relies on figures provided by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, which does not break down the figures by area. In addition, the Palestinian figures could be inflated on order to maximize the amount of international aid the Palestinian Authority receives.

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