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The letter from Ayyub Malik (AJ 16.03.09) quotes former Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek as saying that his sole aim while in office was to 'determine physical and demographic 'facts'. . .to prevent the growth of the Arab population or the expansion of its living space'.

Funny then that the Arab population's numbers have substantially increased since 1967. Contrast this with the situation pre-1967, when the Jewish population of the old city in Jerusalem was forced to flee by the Jordanians and the entire area was razed to the ground.

Joel Cooper, by email

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