Whether you love or loath the Israeli settlement enterprise, there’s no truth to a CBC News report claiming Israel intends to build “more settlements”.
This claim was featured prominently in the following headline to a report written by CBC Mideast Bureau Chief Derek Stoffel:
Contrary to this headline, and as the article actually explains (with the exception of the creation of one new settlement) Israel is only planning on building more homes in existing settlements (to account for the natural growth of its citizenry) and is not building “more settlements”.
Following HRC’s complaint to the CBC, this headline was amended and now states the following:
As we told the CBC, our public broadcaster is duty bound to acknowledge this correction in a formal notice appended to this article.
Furthermore, President Trump’s official position on settlements is that he urges “restraint,” but says that a freeze on Israeli building is “unnecessary”. It behooves CBC to include this context, failing which, this report is unfair.
Accordingly, we asked the CBC to set the record straight and await a reply which we will update you with shortly.