Sunday, August 07, 2011

Israel approves 900 East Jerusalem settlement homes

Interior ministry’s approval marks final planning stage for project that has garnered fierce criticism from Palestinians, international community.
Middle East Online, Aug.4, 2011

Expanding at the expense of Palestinian land
JERUSALEM – Israel’s interior ministry has given final approval for the construction of 900 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Har Homa, a ministry spokeswoman said on Thursday.

“This is a programme which was approved by the regional (planning and construction) committee two years ago,” spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said.

“According to the planning process in Israel, (it) needed the completion of amendments, therefore it was finally approved today.”

The approval marks the final planning stage for a project that has garnered fierce criticism from the Palestinians and the international community.

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