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US concern over Jerusalem home demolition plan

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/middle_east/10373179.stm
The US State Department has expressed concern about an Israeli plan for the demolition of 22 Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem. Spokesman PJ Crowley said it was the kind of action that undermined trust and increased the risk of violence.

The scheme, part of a redevelopment project in the Silwan neighbourhood, is still in an initial stage. Israel's Defence Minister has also criticised Jerusalem's municipality for "bad timing" and poor "common sense". Under the plan approved on Monday, 22 homes would be demolished to make room for an Israeli tourist park. Another 66 other buildings constructed without Israeli permission would be legalised.

It is strongly opposed by the Palestinians, who believe it will tighten Israel's control of the area.
I agree with the US State Department and the words of Israel's Defense Minister. Continued settlement policies in occupied territories is not the smartest step for Jerusalem's municipality.

Ehud Barak's words describe this announcement perfectly: "bad timing" and "poor common sense".
 
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