Israel plans to build 58,000 settler homes in OJ

[ 24/01/2011 – 06:08 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– Gaza’s religious affairs ministry expressed concern over a project to build 58,000 Jewish settler homes in occupied Jerusalem by 2020.

Meanwhile, Israel is announcing Jerusalem as the capital for Jewish people and allocating funds to attract Jews in a project dubbed Jerusalem 2020, the ministry said in a statement Monday.

The construction is aimed at pushing out Jerusalem’s Arab population and making it a holy city for the Jews, the ministry added.

Settlement funds purchased two weeks earlier the Shepherd hotel under an illegal absentee property law and planned to build in its place a Jewish settlement. The property was owned by late Palestinian Mufti Amin al-Husseini.

The city’s planning board discussed last week passing a plan to build the largest beyond the Green Line project to date, that will include construction of 1,400 new residential units.

The same committee had also suggested a project annexing 85 dunums of land from the northeastern Beit Hanina community.

The plan is to build a road bridging the Pesgat Zeev and Navi Yakoub settlements to ease movement from and to the western part of the city.

Religious affairs minister Talib Abu Sha’ar said it is one of the most important larger settlement projects to ease movement between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and northeastern Jerusalem at the expense of Palestinian land and thoroughfares which have decayed after years of Judaization policies.

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