Israel OKs more eastern Jerusalem construction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel approved the construction of 172 new dwellings in Har Homa, a Jewish neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

Jerusalem City Councilman Yosef Pepe Alalu of the Meretz party, who opposes the construction, announced the approval Wednesday morning in an interview with the French news agency AFP.

“This is the final stage before construction and is the continuation of a policy that harms the peace process,” he told AFP.

Two weeks ago, Israel announced plans for more than 3,000 apartments in West Bank settlements and eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods.

The latest announcement comes as Israel searches the West Bank for three Israeli teens kidnapped six days ago.

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