UK Watchdog Bans Israeli Government Tourism Ad

An Israeli government tourism ad has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for misleading readers about the status of Jerusalem.

The ‘Israel Land of Creation’ brochure was inserted in a British newspaper, and described the Old City of Jerusalem as part of Israel.

In fact, the Old City is part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory conquered by Israel in 1967.

In making their decision, Britain’s advertising standards watchdog decided that “the presentation of the ad would mislead consumers into believing that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel”, and thus lead them to make a “transactional decision” they otherwise might not have done.

Responding to the ASA, the Israeli government claimed that “the ad did not seek to make a political statement” but simply “provided practical information.”

Based on the ASA statement, the Israeli authorities did not seek to defend their position with a claim to sovereignty of occupied East Jerusalem that has been rejected by international bodies.

The ASA made a similar decision in 2012, when the Israeli government was similarly found to have misled the British public with a tourism brochure.

(Middle East Monitor)

Know the Truth about Palestine

Dear Reader,
You have carried us through years of honest and accurate coverage and we are confident that you will carry us through the next stage, which promises to be more critical than ever, for Palestine and for all of us.
Make a contribution to support the Palestine Chronicle.
Click HERE to donate using your credit card or PayPal.
Or, click HERE to learn more.

(The Palestine Chronicle is a registered 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible)

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.