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New approval for yet more settlement units in occupied Jerusalem

February 17, 2014 at 1:49 am

The Israeli-led Jerusalem Municipality has approved a scheme to build more than 2,600 new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Givat Hmreis, south of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The municipality’s Construction Committee actually decided to add 230 more units to the original number planned for the Givat Hmreis scheme. These additional units are scheduled to be built very quickly.

This latest project comes in the wake of the announcements of a series of settlement schemes, including the establishment of thousands of housing units in Jerusalem and the E1 zone between the Holy City and the occupied West Bank. All have been approved by the Israeli government since the United Nations decision to accept Palestine as a non- member observer state.

Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention.