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Israeli tourism advert uses picture of Occupied Territories
04-19-2010, 02:04 PM,
Israeli tourism advert uses picture of Occupied Territories
Quote:The advert for the Israeli Government Tourist Office (IGTO) boasted that one could "travel the entire length of Israel in six hours" and urged tourists to sign up for the trip.

But the images shown in the poster included the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock - the oldest Islamic building in the world, built in the 7th century - both of which are in East Jerusalem, part of the disputed Occupied Territories of the West Bank.

Viewers complained that the advert misleadingly implied that the areas pictured was part of the "state of Israel".

The future of Jerusalem is one of the most contentious issues dividing the Palestinian leadership and Israel, which occupied and later annexed the east of the city following the Six Day War in 1967.

Israel's approval of the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in East Jerusalem last month during a visit by Joe Biden, the US vice-president, prompted the worst diplomatic spat between the US and Israel in a generation.

The controversial move also angered Palestinians, who consider settlements a major hurdle in attempts to reach a peace accord, and who want occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of their promised state.

The ASA said the advert breached truthfulness guidelines and ordered it not to be used again, adding: "We told the IGTO not to imply that places in the Occupied Territories were part of the State of Israel."

It added: "We noted the ad stated 'You can travel the entire length of Israel in six hours - imagine what you can experience in 4 days' and 'visit now for more itineraries in Israel' and considered that readers were likely to understand that the places featured in the itinerary were all within the state of Israel.

"We understood, however, that the status of the Occupied Territory of the West Bank was the subject of much international dispute, and because we considered that the ad implied that the part of East Jerusalem featured in the image was part of the state of Israel, we concluded that the ad was likely to mislead."

The State of Israel Ministry of Tourism (SIMT) said that the advert provided "basic, accurate information to a prospective UK traveller who wanted to know what to expect in Israel".

It claimed that it was "entirely accurate to assert that a visitor to Israel could visit Jerusalem as part of a short visit", adding: "Had the ad omitted a reference to a visit to the city of Jerusalem, it would have been incorrect and potentially misleading."

It said that Israel "took responsibility to support the religious sites of all denominations, a commitment which also formed part of the obligations of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority signed in 1995".
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04-19-2010, 09:50 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-20-2010, 12:07 AM by yeti.)
RE: Israeli tourism advert uses picture of Occupied Territories
Then there's the massive apartheid wall sealing off and splitting Palestinian communities, and the checkpoints, and the Jew-only roads, and the diversion of water, and the poisoning of Palestinian wells, and the theft of Palestinian olive trees, and the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, and the sniper murders of rock-throwing kids, and kids just standing around, and journalists, and pregnant women, and ambulance drivers... I could go on, but you get the idea...

But hey, they're the "chosen people". Lucky for them?

Lucky for the peddlers of this religion that the people under their moral authority believe they were chosen by the most twisted vengeful psychotic single god ever created by man, to do "his" bidding - i.e the bidding of said moral authorities.

Lucky that a Khazar king ordered his people to worship this god. Lucky for them that they've been able to use their god as an excuse to treat their neighbours like animals.

Not so lucky for the rest of us...
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04-24-2010, 06:30 PM,
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