BBC’s Olympic page shows no capital for Israel, East Jerusalem as Palestine’s
From The Telegraph:
The corporation has established a special web page devoted to each country taking part in the Games, featuring details about the nation’s athletes, population size and capital city.
However, when Israel’s page went online, there was no reference to its capital, despite the fact that on Palestine’s page, East Jerusalem was listed as its capital city.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev, wrote to the director of the BBC’s bureau in Israel, Paul Danahar, stating that he was “dismayed by the BBC’s decision to discriminate against Israel on the BBC’s Olympic website.
“Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and accordingly we respectfully request the immediate rectification of this matter,” he wrote in a letter leaked to an Israeli newspaper.
While Israel declares Jerusalem to be the “undivided capital of Israel,” the United States and the rest of the world do not recognize it as such [Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital city under international law], due to the capture and annexation of Palestinian land to the east, north and south of West Jerusalem, following the Six-Day War in 1967. This area has since expanded greatly through extensive settlement east of the Green Line and is referred to by the Israeli government as the Greater Jerusalem area. However to Palestinians and the rest of the world it is occupied territory, and anyone who is familiar with the city is well aware that it is not “undivided” or cohesive in any way – but rather severely divided by walls, barriers, checkpoints, and countless social and economic gaps and inequalities. However, according to all the proposed solutions brought to the table of the so-called “peace process” in the last 30 years, there should be two states for two peoples with a capital of Palestine in East Jerusalem and a capital of Israel in West Jerusalem.