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Clashes and construction in East Jerusalem


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Masked Palestinian youths are seen enveloped by dust from a passing lorry on Tuesday during clashes with Israeli forces in the Arab village of Issawiya in east Jerusalem.

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Israeli police officers take position during scuffles with Palestinian youths.

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A Palestinian laborer works on a construction site in a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem known to Israelis as Har Homa and to Palestinians as Jabal Abu Ghneim on Tuesday. Israel is pushing ahead with plans to build 1,300 new apartments for Jewish families in Arab East Jerusalem, the Interior Ministry said on Monday, despite fierce opposition from Palestinians.

Read more about the Israeli plan to build more settlements, and the Palestinian Authority's reaction, here. President Obama also discussed the plan in Indonesia today.

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