Israel expands settlements in East Jerusalem


Ultra-Orthodox Jews pass an unfinished synagogue under construction in Ramot Shlomo, an East Jerusalem neighborhood many consider a Jewish settlement, 10 May 2015.

Israel expands settlements in East Jerusalem

The Israeli government announced plans to build 800 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

This will include 560 new units in, 140 in Ramor, and 100 in Har Homa and Pisgat Zeev areas. Since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, 200,000 Israelis have been illegally settled in East Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction on Sunday. The expansion of settlements is seen as a countermeasure to the stabbing of a 13-year-old girl in the West Bank...

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