Israel announces building of 3,000 new homes on occupied territories
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
Israeli officials have announced that 3,000 new settler homes are to be built on the occupied territories of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The news comes 24 hours after the UN General Assembly voted to change the Palestinians' status to that of non-member observer state.
The move outraged the Israelis who said that granting the status would derail the peace process.
Israel's settlements on the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered to be in violation of international law.
The Palestinians' new status allows them to join UN debates and may even grant them the right to join the International Criminal Court and other bodies.
Over 100 settlements have been built since Israel seized the region during 1967's Six-Day War which are home to about half a million Jews.