Israel may push for more settler homes after UN vote

The international community considers all Israeli settlements in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank to be illegalIsrael could advance plans this week for thousands more settlement homes in annexed east Jerusalem despite a landmark UN resolution demanding an end to such activity, an official said Tuesday. On Wednesday, a Jerusalem planning committee is to discuss issuing building permits for 618 housing units in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of the city, according to the Ir Amim NGO, which monitors settlement building. Meir Turjeman, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem who also heads the committee, has reportedly also spoken of seeking to advance plans for some 5,600 other units at earlier stages in the process.

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