Jerusalem Authorizes Jewish Building in Silwan

A general view of Silwan, a neighbourhood in Palestinian-dominated east Jerusalem next to the historic Old City (background), on June 15, 2016.

Ynetnews reports: Just a few hours after the White House stated its opposition to increasing anti-missile defense aid to Israel, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Council approved a controversial building permit in Silwan.

The three-story building is owned by Ateret Cohanim and was supposed to be discussed two weeks ago, but was removed from the agenda due to political pressures.

This issue was categorized as the 70th item on today’s agenda, but the head of Local Planning and Building Council, Meir Turgeman, filling in for the mayor, decided to raise the issue at beginning of today’s discussions in the presence of two members of the council, Yisrael Karlman and Yohanan Weizmann, who belong to Haredi factions.

The three approved the building permit.

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