A "Secret" Database of Israeli Settlements

Ha'aretz recently revealed information regarding a secret Israeli government database on settlements located in Judea and Samaria. The newspaper posted the Hebrew version of the database on their Web site. Last month, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) completed an English translation of the 200-page document.

The database provides a concise description of each of settlements, including their location, legal status, population, and even the origins of their names. In addition, it also contains Israel government cabinet resolutions relating to each settlement.

A copy of the database had been requested by Israeli citizens groups under that country's freedom of information law, but its release was denied by the Defense Ministry. Ha'aretz obtained a copy independently, which it published. For further information, see "Secret Israeli Database Reveals Full Extent of Illegal Settlement" by Uri Blau, Ha'aretz, February 1, 2009:

An English translation of the settlement database prepared by the ODNI Open Source Center is now available on our site. A copy of the Hebrew original is also available.

[The information for this report was received from Steven Aftergood, of Secrecy News. His newsletter (via e-mail) is very informative. It is a publication of the Federation of American Scientists, and reports on new developments in government secrecy and provides public access to documentary resources on secrecy, intelligence and national security policy. It is not a conspiracy-type newsletter. Be sure and check it out.—ed]

posted: May 01, 2009   |   permanent link  |  

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