Britain bans Israeli tourism ad because it shows Jerusalem’s Old City as part of Israel

Snow covers the Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Feb. 20, 2015. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

British authorities have banned an Israeli government tourism ad because it appears to suggest that Jerusalem’s Old City, which is technically occupied Palestinian territory, is a part of Israel.

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“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling Strongs 7478: rah´-al; from 7477; a reeling (from intoxication):—trembling.
Strongs 7477: raw-al´; a primitive root; to reel, i.e. (figuratively) to brandish:—terribly shake.
unto all the peopleStrongs 5971: am; from 6004; a people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock:—folk, men, nation, people.
Strongs 6004: aw-mam´; a primitive root; to associate; by implication, to overshadow (by huddling together):—become dim, hide.
round about, when they shall be in the seigeStrongs 4692: matsowr, maw-tsore´; or mDxw…rmatsuwr, maw-tsoor´; from 6696; something hemming in, i.e. (objectively) a mound (of besiegers), (abstractly) a siege, (figuratively) distress; or (subjectively) a fastness:—besieged, bulwark, defence, fenced, fortress, siege, strong (hold), tower.
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both against Judah and against Jerusalem.”
— Zechariah 12:2

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in Jerusalem.
—Isaiah 31:9

The ad, a brochure titled “Israel Land of Creation,” was inserted in British newspapers earlier this week. According to Agence France-Presse, it showed “a panorama of the walled Old City with the text ‘Israel has it all.'” The ban came after a complaint from a reader who noted that the ad implied “the Old City of Jerusalem was internationally recognized as part of Israel.”

Britain’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), said that “the presentation of the ad would mislead consumers into believing that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel and into making a transactional decision they would otherwise not have taken.”

According to the ASA’s ruling, the Israeli government had said that it did not intend to make a political statement and “believed the leaflet provided practical information that made clear that visitors to the places referred to in the ad, such as the Old City of Jerusalem, could only be visited via traveling to Israel.”

Jerusalem’s Old City, a protected UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to shrines and temples that are sacred to all three biblical religions. Its status is the source of endless friction, not least last year, when escalating tensions between Palestinians and Israelis led to deadly violence and terrorist attacks.

A separate Palestinian state, as imagined in a long-stalled two-state solution, would make East Jerusalem its capital. But the expansion of Israeli settlements and housing blocks in the West Bank and areas of East Jerusalem has made that a distant reality.

In a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal, undivided capital” — a wording that’s consistent with his long-standing rhetoric.

European frustration has been mounting with Netanyahu’s government, which many critics accuse of undermining the prospect of a two-state solution. That anger led last year to a spate of votes in various Western countries recognizing an independent Palestinian state, even though no such thing exists on the ground.

  1. Dale Langmade, 26 March, 2015

    Why is Britain so high and mighty? They engaged in more conquest than any other nation around today. (“The sun never sets…”) They themselves were conquered by Rome, later invaded by the Anglos and Saxons. Should the Anglos be required to abandon London as their capital? If the Brits love the Palestinians as much as they claim, they could easily give them twice the land and resources in England and let the Jews be. Another equally impossible scenario would to be to move the Israelites here, perhaps giving them 4 times the land and the big Intel chip factory. We Americans have not had any problem with booting the native Americans off of their lands, so Arizona would not be giving up that much and the world could chip in to mitigate our lost tax revenue from Intel. The New Israel would find Mexicans much easier to get along with, even if there was some bad blood in 1492. Perhaps Britain is picking on the Jews to ease their conscious over sitting back while Russia expands?

  2. Kay Ruble, 29 March, 2015

    Shame on you,Those in Britain who refuse to actknowledge what*”Rightfully Belongs To Israel… Old & New Jerusalem Our Creator God Personally Gave them BOTH To All Of Israel!!! If youre Honest and Read God’s Word The Holy Bible,you’ll Apologize To Them & Tell All People you were Wrong All said & done!

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