×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Tags: ML | Israel | Palestinians

Jerusalem OKs New Building for Jews in Arab Neighborhood

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:09 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's city hall on Wednesday said it approved the construction of a new building for Jews in the heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, a move that quickly drew rebuke from the Palestinians, who say encouraging settlement in the area is an obstacle to peace.

The planned three-story building will be erected in Silwan, one of the Arab areas of the city that has drawn Jewish residents in recent years who say they hope their presence will block any future division of the city.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it, a move not recognized by the international community. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its eternal, undivided capital and sees no distinction between building in its eastern or western sectors.

In a statement, the municipality said it "will continue to build in all neighborhoods."

The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, home to the city's Arab population as well as key Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as the capital of their hoped-for state. They see Jewish settlements there as an obstacle to peace.

"More facts on the ground mean more obstacles to peace," said Ahmad Rowadi, a Palestinian official.

Some 200,000 Jews live in Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem that the Palestinians and international community consider illegal settlements. About 300,000 Arabs also live in that part of the city.

The new building is part of a broader phenomenon in recent years that has seen Jews move into Arab areas like Silwan in a bid to make dividing the city all the more difficult. Hundreds of Jews now live in heavily-guarded enclaves among tens of thousands of Palestinians and their presence often enflames tensions with the Palestinian residents.

© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


MiddleEast
Jerusalem's city hall on Wednesday said it approved the construction of a new building for Jews in the heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, a move that quickly drew rebuke from the Palestinians, who say encouraging settlement in the area is an obstacle to...
ML,Israel,Palestinians
286
2016-09-15
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:09 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved