East Jerusalem Hotel Razed to Clear Ground for Settlement – Voice of America news

Robert Berger | Jerusalem 09 January 2011

A worker walks past excavators during the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, 09 Jan 2011.
Photo: Reuters

A worker walks past excavators during the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, 09 Jan 2011.

A new Israeli settlement project in Jerusalem is casting a shadow over international efforts to revive the peace process. Israel annexed East Jerusalem after capturing it in the 1967 Six-Day War in a move never recognized internationally.

Israeli bulldozers demolished a hotel in a predominately Arab neighborhood of East Jerusalem to make way for new Jewish homes.  The Shepherd Hotel, which was purchased by a Jewish-American billionaire in 1985, will be replaced by 20 luxury apartments for Israelis.

Israel says it is a private project and the property was purchased legally.  But Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and they say Israeli building there is illegal under international law.

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