Plans for 2,200 homes in Jerusalem Arab neighborhood gain preliminary approval

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Interior Ministry committee in Israel approved preliminary plans for the construction of 2,200 housing units in an Arab neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem.

The plans approved on Monday by the District Planning and Building Committee also will retroactively approve 300 illegal Arab homes in the same Jabel Mukaber neighborhood.

Right-wing activists had made several attempts to cancel the plan, Ynet reported.

It could take years for building permits to be issued, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Last week, the same committee canceled a hearing on plans for the construction of 1,500 housing units in the Jewish eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa, saying that the instructions had come from above.