Israel to build tower block in annexed East Jerusalem
February 13, 2014 - 7:55:28 am
JERUSALEM: Jerusalem’s planning committee moved forward yesterday with plans to build a nine-storey Jewish seminary in the heart of a densely-populated Palestinian neighbourhood near the Old City.
Plans for the new tower block, to be built in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of annexed Arab east Jerusalem, were deposited for consultation, giving the public 60 days to submit any objections, settlement watchdog Peace Now said.
“It’s a plan for a nine-storey, ultra-Orthodox yeshiva in Sheikh Jarrah which was deposited today for objections,” spokesman Lior Amihai said. “The plan was supposed to be discussed and approved a few weeks ago, however it was postponed — most probably due to political reasons,” he said.
“It’s not a game changer but it’s on a piece of land in Sheikh Jarrah which has already suffered a lot. It’s a very sensitive area and I think the prime minister knows it.”AFP