The horror, Israel approved 558 homes in Jerusalem
Jerusalem city council said its planning committee approved building permits in the neighbourhoods of Har Homa, Neve Yaakov and Pisgat Zeev.
The units are to be erected on land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed.
Settlements built there are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
BBC’s sleight of pen doesn’t inform its readers that actually 603 permits were approved in east, north and south Jerusalem, as mayor Nir Barkat posted on his Facebook page:
The Jerusalem municipality will continue to grant construction permits all over the city for Jews and Arabs alike regardless of religion, race and gender.
—Today the local committee approved building permits for privately-owned housing units – 768 in total – all over town: 386 units in Homat Shmuel (Har Homa, JD.), 17 Zur Baher, 136 housing units in Neve Ya’akov, 14 residential units in Beit Safafa, 36 housing units in Pisgat Zeev, 8 units in Jabel Mukabber, 100 housing units in Hebron road, 6 units in Beit Hanina, 47 housing units in Givat Shaul and 18 units in Katamons.
–The city has no legal right to stop residents’ proprietary right of land anywhere in the city, and checking the religion of the land owner is illegal in any country. I strongly reject any attempt to stop the legitimate rights of every resident to obtain a building permit.
–In the next few years, there are likely to be tens of thousands of new housing units throughout the city for all sectors. New construction in Jerusalem is essential for the development of the city and allows young adults and students to live and buy an apartment in it.
You see, the missing 45 approved building permits are in Arab neighbourhoods. The resident of these neighbourhoods are, for the most part, entitled to an Israeli ID, can participate in local elections and run for council.
Yet the world is obsessed with just the Jewish residents who live in an area once occupied by Jordan.
You know what preventing a private person – who happens to be Jewish - from owning land or building a house based on his religion is called?
It should be noted that these permits were given by the Jerusalem municipality to private people, after they issued a request for one by law. The law does not discriminate based on any religion or ethnicity, and approval or rejection of a permit is solely due to the technical details of the request.
Besides, these reports are a false outrage, as by any reasonable discourse, most of the “settlement units” will be part of Israel in any future mutual agreement.