PA demands US intervention as Israel approves thousands of settlement homes in the occupied West Bank near Jerusalem.

Israel has given initial approval to a plan that would expand Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries by building thousands of new illegal settlement homes on occupied West Bank land around the city, drawing a Palestinian demand that Washington intervene.

On Wednesday, Jerusalem municipality green-lit what it described as a new eastern neighbourhood on lands located over the West Bank boundary, near the Palestinian hub city of Ramallah. The site, which once housed Qalandiya Airport, is known to Israelis as Atarot.

The airport site, which was closed after the eruption of the second Intifada in 2000, was designated in former US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan as a Palestinian tourism zone.

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