Jerusalem Municipality approves controversial Jewish housing unit in east Jerusalem

In the face of strong political opposition, the Jerusalem Municipality’s Planning and Building Committee on Wednesday approved the construction of a controversial residential building purchased for Jewish families in east Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood by a right-wing NGO.

The three-story structure, located in the Batan al-Hawa section of the primarily Palestinian community near the Old City, was sold by the government to the pro-settler organization Ateret Cohanim in 2005.

It will be built near Beit Yonatan, another controversial Jewish residential building procured by the organization, which houses 10 families.


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