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Israeli park plans would see Palestinian homes razed

Jerusalem's mayor yesterday unveiled details of a controversial and long-expected plan to demolish Palestinian homes and make way for an Israeli-sponsored tourist park in a neighbourhood of the city's Arab eastern sector.

Mayor Nir Barkat agreed to a last-minute request from the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to delay implementation of the plan to allow further attempts to persuade Palestinian residents to accept it.

But despite warnings that the plan could “ignite” one of the most sensitive areas of the city, Mayor Barkat showed no sign of backing away from the plan — which he insisted would benefit tourists and residents, and which he said the Prime Minister supported.

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