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Israeli authorities approve landfill project in East Jerusalem

Feb. 16, 2015 10:20 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 21, 2015 11:02 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Monday approved a solid waste landfill project on over 500 kilometers of land in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli settlement researcher Ahmad Sublaban told Ma'an that the district planning and construction committee approved the plan to build a landfill on over 546 kilometers of land between the villages of al-Issawiya and Anata, over 13 km of which will be used for a road network leading to the landfill.

Sublaban said that several objections by Palestinians, as well as residents of the French Hill settlement, were declined by the committee.

The landfill will be built in a valley in Wadi Qasim and Wadi Kabina on the lands of al-Issawiya and Anata, where solid waste will be buried under construction remains, before a public park is built over it, the plan says.

The landfill will be built close to the E1 planned settlement bloc which is planned to hold 4,000 settlement houses.

Monitoring committee member in al-Issawiya village Mohammad Abu al-Homos said the committee will appeal to decision.

He told Ma'an that the project does not serve Palestinians, but serves settlements in Jerusalem, adding that it is the start of the implementation of the E1 project.

Abu al-Homos added that 30 Bedouin families have been living in that area for over 50 years, and their wishes were disregarded by the Israeli occupation.
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