Israel OKs plans for 500 E.Jerusalem settler homes: NGO

The Israeli settlement of Har Homa, built in East Jerusalem, is seen on September 1, 2014Israel approved Monday plans for some 500 new settler homes in occupied east Jerusalem, a watchdog said, a week after a government pledge to build the structures drew Palestinian ire. The interior ministry gave the go-ahead for the units located in the existing settlement of Ramat Shlomo in volatile east Jerusalem, the Peace Now non-governmental organisation told AFP. “The… decision on the 500 homes in the Ramat Shlomo settlement come after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last week that he would accelerate construction in east Jerusalem,” Peace Now spokeswoman Hagit Ofran said.

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