Settlement neighborhood

Settlements built up in East Jerusalem under Israeli municipal jurisdiction that take the shape of “urban neighborhoods” in the city. Their location within the Israeli municipal boundaries means that despite their illegality under international law, Israel treats them as de facto annexed territories, as though they were part of West Jerusalem or any Israeli urban centers within the Green Line. These settlements are administered by and receive services, resources, and budget allocations directly from the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality. In contrast to the settlements in the neighboring occupied West Bank, these settlements do not have any fences surrounding them or security guards at their entrances. This gives the impression that they are part of the city’s urban landscape, as anywhere in West Jerusalem or in Israel, for that matter.