Jerusalem [Israel], Dec 26 (ANI): A Palestinian group has launched a project to plant thousands of trees in an innovative bid to "preserve the lands in danger of seizure and confiscation," in Jerusalem.
The programme is in the backdrop of Washington DC's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the Israeli housing and construction plans announced for the city in the wake of the decision, said the Ramallah-based NGO Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC).
According to the local media, the Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, Yoav Galant, on Sunday launched a campaign to promote the construction of 3,00,000 settlement units in East Jerusalem. These homes will be built in areas beyond the Green Line, which refers to the territories occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war.
Jerusalem is considered a sacred place, which is home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites. However, it is also a disputed territory, contested by both Israel and Palestine, which sees it as a capital of its future state.(ANI)