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State Funding of Security for East Jerusalem Settlers
In addition to government support of private construction by settler organizations in East Jerusalem, the State of Israel also provides private security services for East Jerusalem settlers. The protection of 2,000 settlers in the heart of Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem costs the government an average of NIS 38 million per year, a budget which comes from the Ministry of Housing.
During a Knesset Finance Committee session on January 14, 2008, the request for an additional NIS 15 million for these services was approved. The additional money was intended specifically for the protection of the new settlers in Abu Dis and 'Choshen' - a building in the Palestinian neighborhood of A-Tur (Mount of Olives) which was inhabited by settlers from the Elad Organization in April 2006.
In September 2010, the state funding of private security services for East Jerusalem settlers came under criticism, following the killing of a Palestinian resident of Silwan by a private security guard.
For additional reading:
ACRI, "Unsafe Space: The Israeli Authorities' Failure to Protect Human Rights Amidst Settlements in East Jerusalem."