Thursday, December 14, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Jewish settlers granted new East Jerusalem building

The municipal approval is the latest case of what Palestinians call efforts to push them out of their own neighbourhood.

Israeli authorities have approved the construction of a three-storey residential building for Jewish settlers in a Palestinian neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

The building, approved on Wednesday, is located in Silwan neighbourhood that has become a flashpoint in the struggle between ideologically driven Israelis and longtime Palestinian residents.

Hundreds of Jews, armed or protected by Israeli security forces, already live among 50,000 Palestinians in Silwan.

Jerusalem city hall said a committee had approved the construction of the residential building.

"Political considerations do not factor into the decisions of the local planning committee," it said in a statement.

"The city will continue to build in all neighbourhoods, according to the master plan, for the benefit of all its residents."

Palestinians have decried the influx of settlers into Silwan, accusing them of seeking to push them out of their own neighbourhood.

'Demography changing'

Wasel Abu Yousef, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, condemned the Jerusalem municipality's decision.

"This government is moving forward to implement its programme to bring Israeli settlers and settle them in the place of the Palestinian residents to change the demographic situation in the Holy City," Abu Yousef told the Reuters news agency.

The Palestinians consider East Jerusalem the capital of their future independent state, and much of the international community has criticised Israel over its settlement constructions, both there and in the occupied West Bank.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community. It sees all of Jerusalem as its unified capital.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Russian diplomatic staff leave Yeme...

Read More

'Mishandled explosives' kill 2 Pale...

Read More

Trump's Jerusalem move: All the lat...

Read More

Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah vows t...

Read More

More than 8 million 'a step away' f...

Read More

Putin, Erdogan warn US move risks e...

Read More

Global_News

British politicians vote in favour of giving parliament the final say on any withdrawal deal with the European Union.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'