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Israeli construction plan to encircle Jerusalem

The Jerusalem municipality has moved forward on 540 new housing units in the controversial Har Homa neighborhood across the Green Line, a plan that will encircle Jerusalem on three sides.
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Jerusalem’s Local Planning Committee has approved several plans for construction of new homes in the west and the east of the city. But one plan in particular irked leftist and anti-occupation groups: 540 new housing units to be built in the Har Homa neighborhood in the southeast of Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line.

The new plan includes two 30-floor towers, three buildings 12 floors tall, a large public green space, a new road, spaces designated for future public buildings and another open space for the preservation of an ancient aqueduct. The so-called Har Homa E area is an extension of the existing Har Homa neighborhood toward another Jewish neighborhood in the area called Givat Hamatos.

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