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A Jerusalem planning body's approval of a plan to demolish 22
Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem to make room for an Israeli tourist
center would be illegal, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. Ban's office issued a statement saying the planned demolitions in the area of Silwan were "contrary to international law, and to the wishes of Palestinian
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RELATED:Police prepare for Silwan protestsBarkat defends Silwan projectBan's statement said "the current moves
are unhelpful" because they do not help build trust to support
political negotiations.It said Israel's government has a
"responsibility to ensure provocative steps are not taken" that would
heighten tensions in the city.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
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