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Construction to start in area Palestinians want for corridor

Construction is to start soon on 60 new housing units in the Jewish section in East Jerusalem’s Ras al Amud neighborhood. The Jerusalem municipality has approved the project, which sources on the right have said could impede the creation of a Palestinian corridor between the eastern West Bank and the Temple Mount. Fifty-one families currently live in the area, known as Ma’aleh Zeitim, on the slope of the Mount of Olives, on land purchased some 15 years ago by Jewish tycoon Irving Moskowitz. Moskowitz bought the land from two Jewish charitable trusts, who had owned it for over a century. During the Mandate era, the British refused to annex the land to the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, and the land remained open until Moskowitz built the small Jewish neighborhood there. Full Story

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