Israel to build 1,800 new homes in occupied land: report

July 9th, 2008 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Jerusalem, July 9 (DPA) Israel plans to build some 1,800 new homes in two Jewish neighbourhoods of Jerusalem on occupied West Bank land, Israel Radio reported Wednesday. Some 900 homes will be built in Homat Shmuel G’, an eastern extension of Israel’s controversial Har Homa neighbourhood, on Jerusalem’s southern outskirts, the radio said.

A similar number of new apartments will be built in western Pisgat Ze’ev, another Jewish neighbourhood on Jerusalem’s northern outskirts built on occupied West Bank land.

The Jerusalem municipality’s planning and construction committee gave preliminary green light to both projects, the radio said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed outrage over continued Israeli construction in East Jerusalem, saying they undermine negotiations which were revived late last year after a seven-year freeze in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

But Israel has vowed to continue building in Jewish neighbourhoods like Har Homa and Pisgat Ze’ev, which it has called an “inseparable” part of the city and which it wants to keep as part of its capital under a future peace agreement.

Palestinians demand East Jerusalem as the capital of their future independent state.

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