Liberman announces plans for new apartment building in Hebron

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announces that he has ordered his office to advance plans for the construction of an apartment building for Israeli settlers in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

The residential building will be constructed above a section of the Palestinian market that was shuttered following a 1994 terror attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in which Israeli extremist killed 29 Palestinian worshipers.

The building sits on land that belonged to Jews who fled after the 1929 Hebron massacre in which Muslim rioters killed nearly 70 Jews and expelled the remainder of the Jewish population.

The market stalls have since been rented to Palestinians who have been granted protected tenancy.

— Jacob Magid

Avigdor Liberman, center, visits the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron on January 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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