Israel plans to build 396 housing units in Jerusalem


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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) have approved the establishment of 396 housing units in Beit Hanina village north of Jerusalem, aiming at expanding Ramat Shlomo settlement and link it with the second-largest settlement in Jerusalem.

The expert on the settlement and maps, Khalil al-Tufkaji, said that this Israeli settlement scheme has been previously delayed to be presented again after talks’ resumption.

Beit Hanina lands, over 4,850 dunams, were confiscated in 1970 under the pretext of serving public interest, where Ramat settlement, which accommodates 42 thousand settlers, was built.

The Israeli authorities provocatively approved the establishment of settlement units in different parts of West Bank and Jerusalem regardless of the borders of June 1967, he said.

Tufkaji pointed to the construction of 1500 housing units in Ramat Shlomo and 396 new units in Ramot. Furthermore, the Israeli Housing and Construction Minister declared the establishment of a new settlement in the West Bank as part of Israeli expansion schemes.

The Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home Party declared Monday that settlement construction will continue in West Bank. “A two-state solution is an unrealistic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, he said.

(Source / 27.08.2013)

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