Despite international criticism || Israel approves construction of 1,500 homes in East Jerusalem
Palestinians call plan 'dangerous and alarming'; Jerusalem panel reduces number of homes planned for construction from 1,700 to 1,500, after hearing objections lodged by Palestinian residents of area intended for expansion; Prime Minister's Office: This is not the beginning of construction, just another stage in existing project.
A sub-committee of the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee on Monday gave preliminary approval for a plan to build 1,500 housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
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