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Friday, January 22, 2010

Jerusalem municipality slams al-Beeb report

The Jerusalem municipality has slammed a report that appeared on al-Beeb earlier this week, which claimed that the municipality increased the pace of demolitions of illegal Arab-owned buildings toward the end of 2009 in order to use up the demolition budget.
"The amount of demolitions carried out by the Jerusalem Municipality every year is determined solely by the number of illegally constructed buildings erected by those residents who flouted the law," the Jerusalem Municipality said Thursday afternoon in response to a show aired on the BBC news network which claimed the municipality allocates a special budget for house demolitions.


The municipality said in a statement the number of demolitions conducted in eastern Jerusalem actually decreased in 2009 - from 86 in 2008 to 65 in 2009, a 25% decrease.

It said also that there was simply no connection between the annual budget of the municipality and the number of demolitions conducted.

The municipality called Corbin's report "completely and utterly false" and a "distasteful distortion of reality."

The municipality also expressed doubt whether the reporter really had in her possession a list of planned house demolitions, saying "it would be prudent to ask Ms. Corbin what happened to her alleged list of 40 planned demolitions since her filming in late 2009. You'll easily find yet another one of her distasteful distortions."
There are no outrageous falsehoods about Israel that are beneath the British media. They are beneath contempt.


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