VOA News Corrects Headline: No Israeli Plans For ‘Thousands’ of East Jerusalem Homes

CAMERA’s Israel office on Thursday prompted correction of a Voice of America News headline which incorrectly asserted: “Israel Approves Thousands of Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem.”

CAMERA pointed out to VOA editors that the accompanying AP article correctly reports that the number of new homes approved in a Jewish neighborhood across the Green Line in Jerusalem is 176, not thousands.
The AP reported:
 Israel on Wednesday approved construction of nearly 200 new homes in a Jewish housing development of east Jerusalem, pushing ahead with a recent spike of settlement construction. . . .
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s office said the city’s planning committee had approved 176 new homes in Nof Zion, a Jewish housing development that abuts the Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.
AP’s own headline for this story did not include the erroneous figure of thousands. It was: “Israel approves settlement homes in East Jerusalem.”
In response to communication from CAMERA, VOA editors quickly amended the headline, removing the erroneous reference to “thousands” of homes. It now states: “Israel Approves More Settlement Homes in East Jerusalem.”

For additional Voice of America corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.

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