A bulldozer clears the rubble from a demolished Palestinian home in East Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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A municipal planning committee on Wednesday advanced a plan to build a Jewish seminary in the heart of an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, triggering angry Palestinian accusations that Israel was undermining already troubled Mideast peace efforts.The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of a future independent state. Israel considers east Jerusalem to be part of its capital and says it will never relinquish control of the area and its sensitive religious sites. The international community opposes settlement construction, and Kerry has said it raises questions about Israel's commitment to peace. Despite the criticism, Israel has announced plans to build thousands of new settlement homes since peace talks resumed last July. Israel opposes the campaign, calling it an attempt to bypass peace talks.
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