woensdag 12 november 2014

Israel approves 200 new E-Jerusalem homes

ramot6 The settlement (neighbourhood) Ramot of East-Jerusalem.

An Israeli planning committee on Wednesday approved plans to build 200 homes in a Jewish settlement neighbourhood of annexed East Jerusalem, a city councillor told AFP.
East Jerusalem has been shaken by months of clashes and Israeli city councillor Yosef Pepe Alalu told AFP that plans to build in the Ramot neighbourhood would cause further tensions. "This is a new building plan and we are at the preliminary stage," said Alalu of the leftwing Meretz party. "It is a decision which is going to cause great harm."
Lior Amihai, a spokesman for settlement watchdog Peace Now, also denounced the move. "This is terrible -- and in the middle of such a sensitive period," he told AFP.
At the end of October, Israel announced it was moving ahead with plans to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem. Israel seized East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. Most of Ramot was built on land that has been seized from the Palestinian village Beit Iksa.

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