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Israel approves four-storey east Jerusalem settler building: NGO

A Palestinian protester in front of the Israeli settlement of Qadumim (Kedumim) on December 9, 2016 during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian landAn Israeli committee Wednesday approved a four-storey building for settlers in an east Jerusalem Palestinian neighbourhood, an NGO said, ahead of a speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry. While a Jerusalem planning committee postponed requests for building permits for nearly 500 homes in east Jerusalem, it did approve the building in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan, according to the Ir Amim NGO which monitors settlement activity. The moves follow last week’s UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building, and with Kerry set to make a major speech on the conflict in Washington at 1600 GMT.

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