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Israel issues tenders for 1,048 new settler homes: Ministry

Housing ministry spokesman Ariel Rosenberg announced that Israel has issued tenders to build another 1,048 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank

AFP , Wednesday 19 Dec 2012
moke rises in front of stone-throwing Palestinians after Israeli security officers (not seen) fired a tear gas canister during clashes at a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, Wednesday (Photo: Reuters)
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Israel on Wednesday issued tenders to build another 1,048 settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, housing ministry spokesman Ariel Rosenberg told AFP.

Rosenberg said an unspecified number of homes would go up in the east Jerusalem settlement suburb of Har Homa, but construction would be "mainly in Beitar, Karnei Shomron, Givat Zeev and Efrat," in the West Bank.

Earlier on Wednesday an Israeli planning committee gave final approval for plans to build 2,610 new homes in Givat HaMatos, a settlement suburb of annexed east Jerusalem, an Israeli monitoring group told AFP, in what rights groups say will be the city's first new settlement neighbourhood in 15 years.

Earlier this week, Israel approved construction of another 1,500 homes in Ramat Shlomo, another settlement district of east Jerusalem.

So far this week, Israel has pushed through plans for 5,158 new settler homes, more than 80 percent of them -- at least 4,110 units -- in occupied and annexed east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as a capital for their future state.

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