The Israeli Municipality in Jerusalem announced, in a Thursday press release, that they plan to build 2,200 new constructions in East Jerusalem.The head of the municipality declared, according to the PNN, that â€śthis project is intended to consolidate Israeli authority in East Jerusalem and maintain its unity.â€ť
A member of municipality reportedly told France Press that building work would now commence in the neighborhood of Al-Swari, as a preliminary step. The full construction is to take place over the course of 8 years.
The municipality member added that there are now around 200,000 Israeli settlers living in occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians envision as a capital for their future state.
Furthermore, over 290,000 Palestinians also currently live in East Jerusalem, next to the settlers.
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