The Jerusalem Municipality will on Wednesday discuss and likely approve a plan to add 176 new housing units to Nof Zion, a Jewish neighborhood in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem.
The plan is set to nearly triple the size of the neighborhood, located within the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. The enclave currently contains a total of 91 residential units in seven buildings.
The Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee will debate the plan when it convenes on Wednesday.
“We continue to build and strengthen Jerusalem,” Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement on the plan. “On the 50th year of Jerusalem’s unification we are uniting Jerusalem through action on the ground.”
While Israel considers all building in any part of Jerusalem legitimate, building projects marketed for Jews in the heart of Arab neighborhoods have stirred up tensions and are seen by many Israelis as more controversial than Jewish-majority neighborhoods over the Green Line that are set apart, such as Gilo.