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Israel greenlights plans for 1,000 Jerusalem settler homes

Palestinians work at a construction site of a new housing project in the annexed Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Abu Ghneim, where the settlment of Har Homa was built in the late 90's, on October 27, 2014Israel has given the go-ahead for plans to build over 1,000 new Jewish settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, an official said Monday, sparking a Palestinian warning of an “explosion” of violence. The announcement followed fresh outbreaks of violence in mainly Arab east Jerusalem, where Israeli police have clashed nightly with Palestinian protesters for several days. “The government has decided to advance the planning of more than 1,000 units in Jerusalem — roughly 400 in Har Homa and about 600 in Ramat Shlomo,” the source in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office told AFP, referring to two existing settlements in volatile east Jerusalem. Palestinians and the international community are already incensed at settler moves in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, scene of much of the latest violence.

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