Israeli Tourist Ad Banned
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
What’s wrong with this picture? The Israeli Government Tourist Office seems to have forgotten its neighbors and included the occupied territories as part of Israel on a map in an advertisement. Consequently, the ad has been banned.
Click here to see the advertisement in full.
A tourism campaign depicting the areas of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights as part of Israel has been banned by the advertising watchdog following hundreds of complaints.
The poster campaign, run by the Israeli Government Tourist Office, ran with the headline “experience Israel” with a picture of a boy snorkelling with dolphins. The ad featured a map of Israel that included the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights.
The Advertising Standards Authority received complaints from 442 members of the public, as well as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jews for Justice for Palestinians, that the poster misleadingly implied that these areas were internationally recognised as part of Israel.
The full tourism poster, linked at left, shows the state of Israel as including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights.