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Israel set to demolish Palestinian homes for new development in East Jerusalem

Catholic World News - May 30, 2013

The government of Israel has authorized the construction of 1,000 new homes in East Jerusalem, and begun the demolition of Palestinian properties in the area.

The development of new homes for Jewish settlers, in a neighborhood now inhabited by Palestinian families, promises to fuel tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem.

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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Jun. 01, 2013 11:00 AM ET USA

    According to the AsiaNews story, the houses that were demolished were sitting on land that had been sold a few months ago. So Bernadette and TheJournalist64, are u saying that the owner or owners of that property do not have the right to improve it, develop it, do what they want with it?

  • Posted by: Bernadette - May. 31, 2013 2:56 PM ET USA

    And we wonder why there is so much tension when Israel's govt. continues to break promises and invade Palestinian land? How would we feel if our govt. simply came in, forced us out, demolished our homes, for its use? I guess they do that with "eminent domaine": however, the owners are paid fairly for their property and the land is used for thoroughfares, and other public construction to benefit everyone. This sounds like they are just moving in to make homes for Israelis. Hardly fair!

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 30, 2013 6:33 PM ET USA

    This is an infamy. It is all part of the plan to drive the Palestinians out of Jerusalem altogether.

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