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Meeting on objections to E1 settlement plans postponed — report

A meeting of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration to discuss plans to expand settlement building in a controversial tract east of Jerusalem has been delayed indefinitely, the Haaretz daily reports.

The meeting had been planned to hear public objections over plans to build thousands of homes on 12 square kilometers next to Maaleh Adumim in an area known as E1. The area is viewed by the international community as a vital corridor for Palestinian movement, and settlement building there has been vociferously opposed by the US, EU and others.

Some 100 Palestinians attempted to voice objections during a previous meeting, but were hampered by the fact that it was held over Zoom, according to the paper.

The Civil Administration tells Haaretz that the decision to cancel the meeting is based on “the opinion of certain experts in the Civil Administration.”

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