Israeli Jerusalem Municipality Rejects Plans to Extend Settlement of Har Homa

Tuesday February 22, 2011 17:44 by Circarre Parrhesia – IMEMC & Agencies

The Israeli run Jerusalem Municipality has not approved, on Monday, plans to extend the illegal settlement of Har Homa.

View of Har Homa from Beit Sahour - photo by Circarre Parrhesia
View of Har Homa from Beit Sahour – photo by Circarre Parrhesia

Plans had been submitted for approval to extend the settlement, considered part of Jerusalem by the State of Israel, by a further 60 acres, and it has been speculated that the rejection of plans are, at least in part, a result of international political pressure, following the U.S. decision to veto the Palestinian attempts to have Israeli settlement activity condemned by the U.N. Security Council.

The settlement is located on a hill in the West Bank, known as Abu Gneim in Arabic, north of Bethlehem and had previously been covered in woodland that was supposed to be part of the protected green area around Jerusalem.

In 1997 deforestation began on Abu Gneim, and although a settlement in the West Bank, construction continued through out the recent “settlement freeze” as the State of Israel considers the town to be an extension of Jerusalem.

Har Homa is currently home to approximately 20,000 Israeli settlers.

Israeli Jerusalem Municipality Rejects Plans to Extend Settlement of Har Homa – International Middle East Media Center.

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