Know More About Palestine

Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010 3:25 PM (EST+7)
Jerusalem council to discuss 1,362 new housing units in occupied Jerusalem

Read more: Jerusalem, East Jerusalem, settlements, Jerusalem Council, East Jerusalem settlements

RAMALLAH, Sept. 14 (JMCC) - Israel's Jerusalem Council has announced plans to discuss building 1,362 new housing units in occupied East Jerusalem, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The debate, which will likely take place in early October, would most likely derail current peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians that have already been mired in controversy over Israeli settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not extend a moratorium on new settlement building that expires at the end of September, but will try to curb the extent that amount taking place.

...On October 7, the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee will discuss plans for 1,362 new homes in Givat Hamatos, between the suburbs of Talpiot and Gilo. The hilltop area is currently the site of a caravan village populated mostly by Arabs and Ethiopian immigrants.

Although Givat Hamatos is not covered by the freeze, which excludes East Jerusalem, the timing of the debate could have significant diplomatic consequences.

In April, an Israeli announcement of plans for 1,600 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo coincided with a visit to the country by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, leading to a high-profile row between Israel and the United states.

Responding to news of the upcoming debate, Ir Amim, a non-profit group, said:

Sadly, East Jerusalem is once again being used as a battleground for provocative and irresponsible activities on the part of the authorities, and once again it's especially horrible timing.

Read more about this story at Haaretz...






Al-Madaris St. (same building as
MBC and al-Arabiya studios)
First Floor, Al-Bireh
PO Box 4045, Ramallah
PO Box 25047, Jerusalem 97300
Phone: ++972-2-297-6555
Fax: ++972-2-297-6555
Log in to My JMCC
 or Sign Up
Forgot your password?Close
Front Page
My Comments Photo of the Day
Calendar Hot Spot(for journalists)
Audio of the Day Video of the Day
Most Popular Historical Timeline
Noticeboard Blogs
My Tags Help Desk
User Info
First Name
Last Name
My Tags 
I am a
After signing up,you will receive
an automatically
generated password in your
Recover Password
Submit Your Email
 or Sign Up