Jerusalem municipality approves plan to build 14 homes in Ras al-Amoud

[ 02/03/2011 – 09:05 PM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli Jerusalem municipality has approved a plan to convert a deserted police station in Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amoud district into a settlement outpost.

Fourteen new homes for Jewish settlers have so far been approved for construction there.

The fund that bought the property has sights set on getting construction permits for 104 other homes near the police station.

The plan is designed to form a bridge linking Ras al-Amoud and the Ma’ali Zetem settlement project, which houses more than a hundred Jewish families, the Israeli daily Haaretz has reported.

The project prepared two years back also includes a Jewish synagogue and a children’s nursery.

Meanwhile, Ghassan Doughlas, who has been officially charged with monitoring settlement activity in the West Bank, reported that Jewish settlers have responded to the evacuation of a settlement outpost near the village of Qasra by setting up several mobile homes at the site.

The outpost southeast of the West Bank city of Nablus was evacuated a few weeks ago angering settlers who then attacked the nearby Qasra village injuring many Palestinian locals.

Israeli bulldozers have also begun excavations on territories bordering the Shilo settlement paving the way for expansion works, Doughlas added in a separate development.

Earlier on Tuesday, settlement activity researcher Qais Yousef Nasser reported that the Jerusalem municipality’s planning department had approved last week a detailed plan to expand the Homat Shamuel settlement in the city.

The 250,000 sq meter plan includes 50 new homes and eight new synagogues and has set aside another 9,000 sq meters for commercial building.

He said according to recently revealed documents, the Israeli housing ministry has sold around 90 homes in Jerusalem since the year’s onset, and announced on Feb. 27 that Israeli companies had won on bids to build 370 new homes in the Jerusalem settlements of Navi Yakoub, Ramot, Modi’in and Beitar Illit.

Jerusalem municipality approves plan to build 14 homes in Ras al-Amoud.

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