OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli authorities approved two settlement projects in occupied Jerusalem despite the U.S. and international community’s rejection of the step, Iroshalim Hebrew newspaper revealed. According to Friday’s issue of the weekly newspaper, the Israeli Committee for Planning and Construction in occupied Jerusalem approved in two separate sessions two settlement projects. One of the approved projects includes the construction of 82 housing units in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo. The Israeli move came in coincidence with the 49th anniversary of Jerusalem occupation. The settlement projects also include the construction of 150 housing units in Gilo settlement, south of the occupied city. Israel’s planning committee chair Meir Turgeman claimed that Jerusalem lacks the sufficient lands for construction. The municipality will support any construction plan in any area in the city, he added. Turgeman had earlier asked Israel’s Finance Minister to start the implementation of all the settlement projects that have been hampered in Givat Hmreis settlement in Beit Safafa area which include 2,600 housing units. On the other hand, Kol Ha’ir Hebrew newspaper disclosed the construction of new housing units in Novi Adumim in Ma’aleh Adumim settlement. The project includes the establishment of two buildings which consist of six and eight housing units. Another settlement project that consists of 35 housing units has already started in Pisgat Ze’ev settlement, the sources added. Israel has accelerated expansion of illegal settlements across the West Bank in defiance of international calls for a halt to such activity that ran contrary to the international laws and resolutions.
(Source / 11.06.2016)