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Israeli Arabs

Error (Ha'aretz, Jonathan Lis, 5/17/06): Since 1967, almost no building permits have been issued for the eastern part of the capital.

Fact: A study by Justus Reid Weiner of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs notes that "the average number of permits issued to Arabs annually during the past five years is 183 ...." In other words, 915 permits were issued between 1997 and 2001. Based a graph by the same source, about 3000 permits were issued between 1976 and 2001 ("Illegal Construction in Jerusalem: A Variation on an Alarming Global Phenomenon," 2003, pg. 94. Graph on pg. 158. Figures based on data supplied by Charles Kohn, the Jerusalem Municipality's Principal City Planner). In addition, "the percentage of applications that result in the issuance of a building permit is virtually identical in Arab and Jewish neighborhoods" (Weiner, pg. 94, citing data from Menachem Helman, head of the Jerusalem Municipality's GIS Center). Furthermore, the city has "authorize[d] the issuance of in excess of 33,000 permits for new housing units in the Arab sector," suggesting that the number of permits issued to the Arab sector could be much higher if only more individuals from that sector would apply for permits (Weiner, pg. 93).