In test for Trump, Israel plans 800 east Jerusalem homes

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

Israel announced it is building almost 1,800 settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

Al-Quds' municipality said the new units will be approved for the Jewish regions of the city in an upcoming planning committee meeting, along with another 114 units in Muslim neighborhoods.

On Monday, Israeli media announced that the Tel Aviv regime was expected to approve a series of plans to build thousands of new settler units in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.

After the Israeli announcement, Edgar Vasquez, a spokesman for the State Department, said Trump has "made clear that unrestrained settlement activity does not advance the prospect for peace".

The same resolution stated that Jerusalem's Old City was "entirely Palestinian", going on to emphasize its historical "Muslim and Christian" identity and heritage. The voting pattern of these states demonstrates the importance of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to expand Israeli ties in Africa. Since April 2016, work began on 2,758 dwellings, compared to 1,619 during the previous 12 months.

Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida reported UNESCO slamming all the actions that have been taken by Israeli occupation authorities in East Jerusalem and its surrounding since 1967 as null and void. The World Jewish Congress urges the worldwide committee to recognize that this request is a subversive move to deem the Old City of Hebron as a Muslim-Palestinian site alone, denying its historic and religious importance to Jews and Christians.

He was also reported in al-Ayyam noting the decision was only temporary to pressure Hamas, the de facto ruling party in Gaza, into relinquishing its control over the coastal enclave and end the division.

In contrast, they added, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled against demolishing the homes of three Israeli terrorists convicted of kidnapping and burning alive 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir in 2014. Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to "Judaize" the historic city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity and driving out its Palestinian inhabitants.

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