The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee on Wednesday approved the construction of close to 400 housing units in neighborhoods located over the Green Line.
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Building permits can now be issued for 73 homes in Har Homa, in southern Jerusalem, and 307 in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot. These will be final permits; once issued, construction may begin.
The committee also approved an plan in the advanced states for 1,850 homes near the Arnona neighborhood. Jerusalem city council member Pepe Alalu said that part of this land parcel is over the Green Line, adding, “Attempts are always being made to prove, forcibly, that Jerusalem is unified and to create facts on the ground. But we see in the meantime that all possibility of an agreement and of coexistence is receding more and more into the distance.”
A spokesperson for Ir Amim, a left-wing urban advocacy organization in Jerusalem, said that construction plans of this sort had drawn a great deal of global criticism in the past and led to a deterioration of relations with the American administration and the entire international community.