The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade reported today on a UK Advertising Standards Authority ruling against the website of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission to the UK which featured an interactive map under the heading “Discover Palestine”.
Per the ASA:
Complainants objected that the map misleadingly implied that the entire area represented by the map was Palestine and that the state of Israel did not exist.
The ASA upheld the complaint, ruling as follows:
The ASA noted that the website featured a map that included all of Israel, in addition to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. We noted that the map was coloured red, green and black, the colours of the Palestinian flag. We noted that clicking on particular areas of the map linked to tourist information…We also noted that neither the information provided via these links nor the information surrounding the map itself referred to the State of Israel. We considered that the average consumer would infer from the map and the linked information that the total area represented by the map was the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Because this was not the case we concluded that the website was misleading.
ASA ruled that the ad must not appear again in its current form.
However, such a Pyrrhic victory over those who don’t seek a return to pre-’67 borders but, rather, to undue 1948, continues unabated.
Per Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a PA Ambassador recently made clear that the PA and Fatah utterly reject that Israel has any right to exist within any borders.
The PA’s Ambassador to India, Adli Sadeq, wrote the following in an article for the official PA daily:
“[Israelis] have a common…misconception by which they fool themselves, assuming that Fatah accepts them and recognizes the right of their state to exist, and that it is Hamas alone that loathes them and does not recognize the right of this state to exist. They ignore the fact that this state, based on a fabricated [Zionist] enterprise, never had any shred of a right to exist…”
And, this is no anomaly. PMW has repeatedly reported on the PA’s continuing efforts to deny Israel’s right to exist.
While the Guardian’s assault on Israel’s legitimacy is not typically quite as overt – typically consisting of merely demonizing the Jewish state and publishing commentators who call for a one-state solution – there was at least one exception to their typically euphemistic suggestions that Israel may have no right to live, in the pre CiF Watch days.
In his CiF essay, Bodi opined:
Israel has no right to exist. I know it’s a hugely unfashionable thing to say and one which, given the current parlous state of the peace process, some will also find irresponsible. But it’s a fact that I have always considered central to any genuine peace formula.
Though Bodi hasn’t written for CiF since 2003, perhaps he was on to something.
Maybe Israel’s disappearance from the map is indeed the missing ingredient which has eluded negotiators trying strenuously to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, a solution which has been right in front of our eyes all along.
If only those stubborn Jews clinging to their religion of existence would get with the program, there truly could be peace in our time.
- The Insanity of the Middle East: A Handy Guide (cifwatch.com)
- What Harriet Sherwood won’t report: PA kindergarten students sing “Martyrdom for kids” (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian interactive map rewrites Israeli-Arab history (cifwatch.com)
- What the Guardian won’t report: Palestinian schools teach Protocols of Elders of Zion as fact (cifwatch.com)
- The Guardian: Geographically Clueless (cifwatch.com)