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Report: Israel plans 50,000 homes in East Jerusalem
Published Monday 07/11/2011 (updated) 10/11/2011 09:46
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A woman stands near a construction site in Gilo, a Jewish settlement that Israel
erected on land it captured in 1967 on Sept. 27, 2011. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 new homes in the city's occupied eastern sector over two decades, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

A study commissioned by Israel's Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat to address housing shortages in the city, obtained by Hebrew daily Maariv, shows designs for 60,718 housing units in the city, with the majority -- 52,363 homes -- planned for East Jerusalem.

Most of the city's land available for construction lies in the eastern sector, with West Jerusalem lacking viable sites, the study says. Israel annexed East Jerusalem -- regarded as the capital of a future Palestinian state -- in a 1967 war, and its control over the area is not recognized by the international community.

According to Maariv, the study shows:

-- 23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.

-- 13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.

-- 23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

-- 10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.

-- 5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.

-- 4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem's Old City.

A spokesperson for Israel's Jerusalem municipality told Maariv the construction of tens of thousands of homes over the next 20 years will "allow young couples and families to purchase apartments in the city."

The vast majority of land on which Jerusalem is built, including the settlements in the city's occupied eastern sector, is state land, and the property built on it can be purchased by anyone who is an Israeli citizen, or who is Jewish.

Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, very few of whom have Israeli citizenship, must first obtain a special permit to purchase land or property there. Rights groups say such permission is virtually unheard of.
1 ) Tobias / USA
07/11/2011 17:00

Yes, "Israel annexed East Jerusalem, WHICH IT it regards
as the Capital of" both HISTORIC and Modern ISRAEL, and
Israel will never reverse this decision, NO matter how loudly,
or how long, Palestinians, Arabs, or the World complain !!!!

If Palestinians do NOT relax their demands for
an East Jerusalem capital, 1967 borders, and refugee return,
then THERE WILL BE NO "future Palestinian state" ever !!!

2 ) Settlements / Illegality
07/11/2011 17:29

PM Netanyahu on Monday addressed illegal settlement construction, saying:
1- "there are enough legal options available for building in the land of Israel,
2- it is possible to be faithful to both the land and the law of Israel,
3- protecting settlements and protecting the law are not contradictory, and
4- there are enough places to build, without it being on somebody's private land" !!!!

07/11/2011 18:47
Funny thing, I am unable to find any mention of an East Jerusalem in any version of the Bible, be it Hebrew or Christian, all that's mentioned is Jerusalem

Looking a bit further, into the Koran, of which I have an English version,
nary a mention of Jerusalem at all

Jerusalem is ours to build, anywhere we feel like building

4 ) Chimo / USA
07/11/2011 19:11
Not recognizing Israeli Sovereignty over all of Jerusalem is the real crime here. To not recognize Jeruslasem as the capital of Israel is still the biggest crime still being committed against the Jewish People. My God, the Arabs control 99% of all the land that is considered the "middle East" and yet they hate the jews so much that they will not tolerate a sovereign Jewish Nation on 10% of that of the land. The world is upisde down on this issue. The Palestinians have plenty of land in Jordan.

5 ) Maureen / Australia
07/11/2011 20:09
1) Tobias "HISTORIC" Israel. You mean the Israel commandeered by modern day Khazars?

6 ) Star UK / UK
07/11/2011 20:11
Tobais -- you suggest Pal to 'relax demands' -- like what -- roll over and play dead? -- oooppps, sorry that really is what you and Bibi Zionest are after! Silly me!

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
07/11/2011 21:04
To Settlements #2: I'm not sure whether you're engaging in wishful thinking or deliberate mendacity. Netanyahu was advocating more building in the West Bank, not in Israel.

8 ) Julie / USA
07/11/2011 23:22
the law of israel is illegal per international law. israel is a reject entity that continuously and intentionally goes against THE WORLD. they will never be a partner of peace. the israel is a TERRORIST state, just like iran and North Korea, all three are self-delegitimizing, isolated ROGUE islands living by their own illegal brutal rules. THE WORLD has made it very clear, we WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEIR 'LAW'. the izrahelli Hitlerian state screams to be damned by its own actions...and we do!

9 ) Nora / Han
08/11/2011 00:34
Lol, after two decades. First thought? Your are not even going to exist by then.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/11/2011 02:41
One of many, many obscene aspects of all this is that the actual, historical biblical Palestine was never a solely Jewish place. Aside from all the other criticisms that can be made of it, the Zionist project is really a complete novelty, without any actual precedent in fact.

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
08/11/2011 02:45
To Tobias #1. At times, I find it difficult to articulate just how utterly morally repugnant everything you advocate is. How false. How vicious. How utterly unnecessary, and in fact, evil. I find Israel and its supporters -- such as yourself -- pretty much bring 'evil' to life as a real, vital concept with meaning. Should I thank you for the illumination?

12 ) southparkbear / usa
08/11/2011 03:22
my dream of owning a property in jerusalem is gettign closer and closer. Ah to wake up and see David tower hum, yum

13 ) Johnny / Canada
08/11/2011 04:01
Israel may well relinquish most of the West Bank for a future palestinian state, but it will never let go of Jerusalem. It is the most holy place in the Jewish world, and it has tons of religious backing. If you want east Jerusalem, keep dreaming. If Abbas will stop being so stubborn, negotiations will take place and the palestinians will get the state they so desire.

14 ) @ Maureen #6, Star #7 / Tobias
08/11/2011 17:32
Historic Israel existed, but "Palestine never has, and even if you lie about "modern day Khazars" were true, they would have as much claim as the Arab commandeers, that remained following the the Caliph Omar and Salah Din invasions !! I suggest reality, NOT "roll over and play dead". Fewer than 100K (of millions) are "occupied", with Israelis haviing either: - made citizens of Pals (in Israel), or - left "Pal" population centers (Gaza & Area A) & suburbs (Area B) !! * SEEK A COMPROMISE

15 ) Maureen / Australia
08/11/2011 21:13
12) dopeyparkbear, you'd be doing well just to wake up!

16 ) Joe Fattal / USA
08/11/2011 21:16
"Jerusalem is the most holy place in the Jewish world". No its not. Show me something in Jerusalem of any religious mean beside the "Wailing Wall" that its validity is even disputed. At least Al-Aqsa Mosque is standing tall. Do not quote me the Bible that's for the Christian to read, quote me the Torah the Jewish Bible.
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