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Israel Okays disputed E.Jerusalem archaeology project

FILE - A view of the excavation site known as the City of David, bottom, with the background of the Arab neighborhood of Silwan outside Jerusalem's Old City is seen. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel has approved a controversial archaeology project in annexed east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said Friday, in a move likely to compound tensions threatening to scupper peace talks with the Palestinians.

The ministry "heard objections" from Palestinians and residents to plans to build a visitor's centre just outside Jerusalem's Old City walls in the Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, it said in a statement.

However it granted approval to the project on grounds that it "will show important archaeological discoveries to the public".

 

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