In Israel Government 'revives' east Jerusalem settler homes plan

The Jerusalem municipality said the "plans in question are not new and were approved years ago."

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Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of Jerusalem play

Palestinian laborers work on a construction site in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in the mainly Palestinian eastern sector of Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday revived plans to build 500 new homes for Jewish settlers in the Israeli-annexed east, an NGO said, a first since the US presidential election.

"This morning, the local planning and building committee made the decision to advance (plans)... for 500 units in Ramat Shlomo," the Ir Amim anti-settlement NGO said, referring to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement neighbourhood.

The plans had been on hold since 2014, it said.

The Jerusalem municipality said the "plans in question are not new and were approved years ago."

More than 200,000 Israelis now live in communities in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed.

The move was never recognised by the international community, which regards all Jewish settlements in the occupied territories as illegal, including those in east Jerusalem.

Betty Herschman of Ir Amim said the latest announcement had particular significance as it was the first since Donald Trump's upset US presidential election win earlier this month.

Israeli right-wingers have been hoping that the maverick Republican will prove far less critical of settlement expansion than President Barack Obama.

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