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Ministry warns against new settlement push in Jerusalem
Ministry warns against new settlement push in Jerusalem
The Maale Adumim settlement, near Jerusalem, on Dec. 3. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters
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Gaza, Al Ray - Ministry of Religious Affairs Sunday warned against dangerous Israeli occupation plans to build new illegal settlerments in central occupied East Jerusalem.

The Israeli occupation authorities approved recently construction permits to build 387 housing units in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo. They are to be built on the lands of Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem.

The ministry said in a statement that the new initiative is part of a systematic policy to Judaize the old city of Jerusalem.

It aimed to replace the Palestinian citizens by settlers and evacuate Jerusalem from its original inhabitants, it added, holding the international, Arab and Islamic community fully responsible for the repercussions of the move, the ministry said.

It called on the Jerusalemites to address such infamous policies as they shall threaten their lives in terms of potential movement, let alone the incurring incursions, arrests, deportations, house demolitions and evictions.

The minister condemned the unfair Israeli decision to prevent the leader of Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied Palestine, Sheikh Raed Salah, from traveling outside, allegedly for being a threat to Israel's security.