Settlement construction in the settlement of Gilo, January 21, 2010. (Photo:

Israel issues tenders for the expansion of illegal Maale Adumim settlement


The Israeli Land Authority (ILA) and the Maale Adumim Economic Development Company Saturday opened four tenders for leasing land, establishing a hotel, and constructing a park in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, according to Israeli media.

Two tenders were published to lease land for renewable 49 year contracts, while the others were for building a hotel and a park near the industrial zone of the settlement, according to the Israeli newspaper Kol Hair.

The six-story hotel will reportedly be the first in the settlement, and is planned to be built over 3000 square meters. It will also be located near the mall.

A park taking over 100 dunums (25 acres) of land is also planned to be constructed to the east of the industrial zone to serve the residents of Maale Adumum.

The mayor of Maale Adumim settlement  Benny Kashriel said in a statement that the industrial zone is expected to double its capacity over the next decade, Kol Hair reported.

Maale Adumim settlement  , located just seven kilometers east of Occupied Jerusalem, is the third largest settlement in population size, encompassing a large swath of land deep inside the West Bank.


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