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Jerusalem planning c'tee to approve over 300 settler homes next week
The Jerusalem Planning and Construction Committee will be asked to approve plans for 192 housing units in Ramat Shlomo and 136 units in Ramot—both neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.
Several hours before the UN Security Council was scheduled to vote on a draft resolution demanding Israel halts its settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, plans to build more than 300 settler homes were made public on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

According to the agenda for the Jerusalem Planning and Construction Committee's meetings next week, its members will be asked to approve plans for 192 housing units in Ramat Shlomo and 136 units in Ramot—both neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

 

The committee will also be asked to approve plans for eight housing units in Beit Hanina, a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

 

The Ramot neighborhood in east Jerusalem (Photo: AFP)
The Ramot neighborhood in east Jerusalem (Photo: AFP)

 

Following Israeli pressure, Egypt postponed the vote scheduled for Thursday on a draft resolution that would have demanded Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem."

 

The draft text says the establishment of settlements by Israel has "no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law."

 

It expresses grave concern that continuing settlement activities "are dangerously imperilling the viability of a two-state solution."

 

Reuters contributed to this story.

 

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