Israel continues illegal settlement activity in occupied east Jerusalem
The Jerusalem municipality has approved 942 new settlement units for occupied east Jerusalem, an Israeli official said Tuesday.
The announcement came one day before the peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis are scheduled to be resumed after three years of no progress.
"The Jerusalem municipality has approved a construction plan for 942 homes in Gilo," an existing settlement in east Jerusalem, municipal councillor Yosef Pepe Alalu told AFP.
The newly approved units are in addition to the more than 1,000 settlement houses that Israel approved on Sunday, in a move that drew criticism from the international community and angered Palestinians.
Israel's continued settlement activity, which is illegal under international law and condemned by the US, has resulted in claims that it is not taking the resumed peace talks seriously.