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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
"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 show, aired on Monday, BBC's Jane Corbin claimed that "Demolitions
have been increasing in recent days, and in fact, we've got hold of a
list that shows there's another 40 to go before the end of the year.
That's because the municipal government has a budget that it has to use
up for 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
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."