07 Feb '11, 3pm

Israel approves settler plans for Jerusalem homes

Israel approves settler plans for Jerusalem homes

JERUSALEM : The city council on Monday approved plans for construction of 16 new apartments by a Jewish settlement group in the Sheikh Jarrah district of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, a councillor said. Jewish settlement construction, one of the thorniest disputes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, scuppered the latest round of US-brokered direct peace talks. Yosef Pepe Alalu, a city councillor with the dovish Meretz party, told AFP the municipality's building and planning committee approved two plans for the building of up to 16 housing units on two separate sites in Sheikh Jarrah. "There were two plans filed, on both (sites) there are currently small houses," which are owned by Palestinians, he said. One is inhabited, while the other is empty. "This approval is the first stage," he told AFP. The move still had to be rubber-stamped by an interior ministry committee. "...

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