Three facts the Guardian didn’t reveal in their report on Jerusalem ‘settlement’ plans

UK Media Watch

In an article which seems largely based on an announcement by the Israeli NGO Peace Now, the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont informed readers that Israel is moving forward on plans to build 1800 new settlement homes in “East Jerusalem”.  (“East Jerusalem” is not a geographical term, but signifies parts of the city controlled by Jordan between 1948 and 1967, where Jews were forbidden from living.)

Here are some excerpts from the July 3rd report.  

Israel is pushing forward with controversial plans to build 1,800 new settlement housing units in occupied East Jerusalem in the largest proposed surge in construction in recent years.

The construction plans include proposals for Jewish buildings, such as an eight-story yeshiva, in Sheikh Jarrah, which Palestinians regard as being at the very heart of East Jerusalem.

Beaumont’s penultimate paragraph uncritically quotes Peace Now accusing the Israeli government of trying to destroy the two-state solution.

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