Israel delays project in eastern Jerusalem, citing need for environmental study

December 9, 2021 by JNS
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The Jerusalem district planning and building committee delayed a settlement project in Atarot, an area of eastern Jerusalem.

A view of the predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber in eastern Jerusalem. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/Flash90

The planned settlement was given preliminary approval last month. It would contain about 9,000 homes and be located within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries, reported Reuters.

The building committee decided to put the brakes on the project on Monday, saying that an environmental study is needed.

According to the report, the Palestinian foreign ministry called the plan a bid to finalize “the separation of Jerusalem from our outlying Palestinian area.”

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the project.


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