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Israel plans to demolish 900 Palestinian houses in Jerusalem, a Palestinian official warned on Wednesday.
"The plan was given to a private firm to demolish the houses and building housing units and settlements in the Old City in Jerusalem," said Hatem Abdul-Qader, Jerusalem affairs' commissioner in President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party.
"The plan is based on reducing the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem," Abdul-Qader told Voice of Palestine radio, adding that Israel "is terrified from
Israel has invited proposals to build nearly 700 new apartments in Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities say 16,200 Jews moved to the country in 2009,
it said in 2008, almost 14,000 Jews came to live in Israel
Sunday's statement said a total of 221,000 Jews immigrated over the past decade.
Israel offers automatic citizenship to Jews who move there. About 80 percent of the nation's 7 million residents are Jewish.