Har Homa construction
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60 acres may be added to Har Homa

Jerusalem committee to discuss approval of new construction in eastern neighborhood

Jerusalem Municipality's local planning and construction committee will discuss a plan next week for the addition of 60 acres to the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa,


The announcement follows the committee's approval this week of 124 Jewish homes in areas beyond the 1967 borders.


Har Homa is a point of contention between Israel and the Palestinians in negotiations over a future state. It was founded in 1997 and built despite international opposition stemming from its location between Arab neighborhoods and Bethlehem.


The new construction plans up for approval call for 50 additional homes as well as a number of public structures, including eight synagogues, a kindergarten, a school for disabled children, a day care center, and a pool.


Despite opposition, the plans are expected to be approved. "We must commend the promotion of these plans," a member of the committee and the chairman of the municipality's Likud faction.


"The plan for the expansion of Har Homa has been delayed for a long time without justification, and I hope that this is an auspicious sign signifying that the freeze in construction in Jerusalem's new neighborhoods has ended."


Peleg added that there is still a "huge shortage" of apartments and building permits in these neighborhoods.


But the plans are already meeting with plenty of opposition. "In recent months the planning authorities in Jerusalem have let loose and fiercely promoted construction of hundreds of new apartments in east Jerusalem, a serious violation of the status-quo," the Ir Amim organization said in a statement.


"It is intolerable that technocratic planning authorities are allowed to decide Jerusalem's fate and to a certain extent that of Israel as well by determining facts on the ground."



פרסום ראשון: 02.17.11, 20:58
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