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Controversial plan to build new East Jerusalem neighborhood advanced

A bird flies past the abandoned Atarot Airport terminal building (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A bird flies past the abandoned Atarot Airport terminal building (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem City Council’s Planning and Building Committee decides to back plan to build a new Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem, with thousands of new housing units.

The new neighborhood would be located at the site of the Atarot Airport, which has been inoperative since the eruption of the Second Intifada in 2000.

The Atarot project receives initial planning approval but will still require several subsequent authorizations before ground can be broken. The advancement of the plan has been stalled for several years due to international pressure.

Its next stage is a hearing scheduled before the District Committee for Planning and Building on December 6.

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