(ISLAMIC) Britain has banned an Israeli Tourism Ministry ad because it “misleads” the public to think that the Western Wall and Temple Mount are part of the country. The publicity was banned by the government advertising regulator.
Britain, like the United States and most of the international community, do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the parts of Jerusalem that were restored to Jewish sovereignty during the 1967 Six-Day War.
From Palestinian denials of Judaism’s historical ties to the Old City and the Temple Mount to the most recent spat surrounding the status of Jerusalem and Israeli building in Jewish neighborhoods, campaigns to disconnect Israel and the Jewish people from Jerusalem and Judaism’s holiest sites are nothing new.
However, a ruling by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has taken things to new heights of absurdity. The ASA dealt with a complaint concerning an Israel Government Tourist Office advert that “the photograph featured for Jerusalem was of East Jerusalem” and therefore “the ad misleadingly implied that East Jerusalem was part of the state of Israel.”
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EAST JERUSALEM. THERE IS ONLY ONE JERUSALEM AND IT BELONGS TO THE JEWS.
During the Six Day War, Jerusalem was reunited. The Eastern part of the city was recaptured by Israel, rescued from Muslim occupation.
Contrary to popular thought and claims, the Holy City was never “Palestinian” insofar as “Palestinians” are Arabs (previous Palestinians were Jews named David and Shlomo). Before June 7, 1967, Jerusalem was for a few decades under the control of the minority-ruled Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. There was no screaming and yelling that it “belonged” to the Palestinians. For thousands of years, there had and has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem.
When Israeli soldiers liberated the Temple Mount area, site of the Western Wall–the holiest site in Judaism–they found the area to be dusty and garbage strewn. To the Muslims who controlled it, “East” Jerusalem was not important. Instead, they forsook Jerusalem, focusing their attention on Amman, Jordan’s capital. It was only after Israel reclaimed Jerusalem–after Jews reclaimed it from Muslim occupation–that it’s “importance” to Muslims was suddenly reborn.
Upon their entry, Israeli soldiers saw these signs of Muslim respect for “East” Jerusalem, among others:
* Various holes were drilled into Jewish graves and coffins on the Mount of Olives, also a holy site in Judaism, so that Jordanian Muslims could urinate into them. Jordanian Muslims also desecrated Jewish headstones from gravesites by making them into sidewalks and floors of barracks, just like the Nazis did.
* The Intercontinental Hotel–a prominent meeting place for PLO terrorist leaders and operatives–was deliberately built atop yet more Jewish graves.
But–even the desecration of dead Jews and holy Jewish sites aside–how important is Jerusalem to Islam, anyway? In truth, not very . . . except as a political football against Jews and Israel.
* Jerusalem is mentioned exactly ZERO times in the Koran. On the other hand, it appears in the Torah–the Jewish Bible–at least 667 times. It appears in the Christian New Testament 154 times.
* Nothing of Islamic significance ever happened in Jerusalem, unless you count the building of the Dome of the Rock Mosque on top of a Church, which was built on top of the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple, the “Beit HaMikdash.” Ditto for the building of Al-Aqsa Mosque nearby on the holy Jewish Temple Mount. (The fact that many Islamic terrorists met in Jerusalem to plot attacks on Jews and Christians there and elsewhere, does not establish an Islamic religious claim to the city.)
The Israeli Tourism Ministry responded, saying that:
The ad provided basic, accurate information to a prospective UK traveller who wanted to know what to expect in Israel. They maintained that it was entirely accurate to assert that a visitor to Israel could visit Jerusalem as part of a short visit. Furthermore, they believed that, had the ad omitted a reference to a visit to the city of Jerusalem, it would have been incorrect and potentially misleading.
The Ministry also reminded the ASA of Israeli commitments to supporting religious sites of all denominations and that Israeli jurisdiction over those sites and tourism there was agreed upon with the Palestinian Authority in 1995.
Nonetheless, the ASA upheld the complaint, judging that the ad had breached rules on truthfulness. The bottom line – Israel can no longer feature Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Western Wall, as part of its tourist advertising campaigns in the UK. Since when was it legitimate for the ASA to rule on the historic connection of Israel to its capital city and holy sites? HONEST REPORTING
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