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Jerusalem Panel Okays New Housing in Ramot Neighborhood, Over Green Line

Planning committee adds 56 residential units to 700 already planned, by expanding building density, not boundaries.

The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee on Sunday approved expansion of an existing plan for new housing over the Green Line in the Ramot neighborhood. It approved another 56 residential units in the neighborhood as part of a scheme that includes 700 units whose construction has already begun.
The additional housing will not require enlarging the boundaries set out in the original plan, but will involve increased building density within the area in question – located just east of Ramot, in the direction of the Begin Highway.
“Recently there has rarely been a week without condemnations of the Israeli government by the international community, due to the promotion of construction over the Green Line in Jerusalem and on the West Bank,” says Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher for Ir Amim, a left-wing NGO that deals with issues relating to Jerusalem status within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
However, he adds, “the Israeli government has adopted unilateral steps that won’t promote the peace and security to which Israelis are entitled.”
Last week it was reported that private entrepreneurs, with the support of the Jerusalem Municipality, are drawing up plans for a new neighborhood over the Green Line, involving construction of about 2,000 residential units between Gilo and the so-called Tunnel Road. At this stage an initial master plan for that area is being drafted.

Nir Hasson
Haaretz Correspondent
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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police




The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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