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City councilor: Israel approves 172 new settler homes
Published Wednesday 18/06/2014 (updated) 19/06/2014 22:18
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JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel gave approval Wednesday for the construction of 172 new homes for Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem, a city councilor said, nearly two weeks after it announced thousands.

"The municipality approved this morning the construction of 172 apartments in Har Homa," Jerusalem city councilor Yosef Pepe Alalu of the leftwing Meretz party, which opposes settlements, told AFP.

"This is the final stage before construction, and is the continuation of a policy that harms the peace process."

Israel unveiled plans on June 5 for 3,200 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, in retaliation for the formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by Israel's foe Hamas.

That announcement drew furious reaction from the Palestinians and the international community, with UN chief Ban Ki-moon saying he was "deeply concerned" and urging Israel to freeze its settlement activity.

Wednesday's approval came as Israel was engaged in a huge crackdown on Hamas, accusing the Islamist movement of kidnapping three missing Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the international community to press Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to end his reconciliation deal with Hamas, citing the kidnapping as proof the movement's "terrorist" activities make it an unsuitable political partner.

Israel's settlement building is viewed as a key obstacle to a peace deal with the Palestinians.

When nine months of US-backed peace talks collapsed in April, officials in Washington placed a large portion of the blame on Israel pushing through plans for thousands of settler homes during negotiations.

The Palestinians have pledged to seek an anti-settlement resolution at the UN Security Council for the first time in more than three years.
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1 ) Helen / Norway
18/06/2014 14:06
So now, settler homes is more important than the missed teens.. Uh :o

2 ) Brandy / Usa2
18/06/2014 15:43
Disgusting, farce, all backed by US tax dollars. However as the saying goes, 'nothing lasts for ever', one day justice will come & come down heavy. On the day it does, all the weeping & wailing won't make the slightest bit of difference, for justice will have been served.

3 ) Henri / Israel
18/06/2014 21:34
@Brandy And all the money given to PA by US and European tax payers, stolen by so called Palestinian leaders. And all these buildings will give work to Palestinian workers, something the PA can't achieve. Thanks to Israel !!!

4 ) Mel / USA
19/06/2014 19:28
#3:Henry/Israel:So speaks the racist plantation'masser'!Yes,of course Israel's proxy the PA,is corrupt!And Fatah was equally corrupt with Gazan finances before Sharon transferred the Zionists &moved them up as Jewish-only landfill in WB.And you in Israel,thrive on apartheid funded by US-tax subsidies,handouts,land-theft &collective punishment meted out on Palestinians also used as slaves,to build Jewish fortresses of paranoia,on pluralistic land."Thanks"to JimCrow Zionism &NO "Thanks to Israel"!
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