Jewish Building in Yesha Languishes, While Arab Building Booms

Despite the end of the building in Judea and Samaria, construction is still almost at a standstill – in Jewish towns and cities, that is. But the construction sector in PA controlled areas of Judea and Samaria is booming, with a 26% rise in building starts this year, compared to 2007, the PA announced this week.

In a news conference to commemorate “Arab Housing Day,” PA officials said that there were now nearly 900,000 housing units in PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. About half of PA Arabs live in private homes and villas, while the other half live in apartments.  In 2010, the PA built a total of 33,922 housing units, compared to a total of 33,128 units built in all of Israel. Population density per room in Judea and Samaria is 1.6 residents per room, and  in Gaza 1.8 residents per room.


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