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July 23, 2012 10:49 am

Israel Rejects BBC Change to Olympics Listing (PHOTO)

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Screenshot of BBC's Israel Olympics page, which notes Jerusalem as Israel's "Seat of Government". Photo: screenshot.

In a letter to a BBC viewer who complained about the network’s omission of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on a list of countries scheduled to participate in this summer’s Olympic games, the British broadcaster says it chose to amend their list, in part, due to “online lobby activity”.

After listing Palestine’s capital as East Jerusalem, and leaving blank the space where Israel’s capital was supposed to be placed, the BBC changed their list to note Jerusalem as Israel’s “seat of government”, while informing readers that Tel Aviv is where most embassies operating inside Israel are located.

Responding to a viewer’s complaint about Israel receiving unfair treatment by the British outlet, the BBC responded in a letter.

“We feel it is worth explaining that a considerable number of complaints have been generated by online lobby activity,” the letter, which was uncovered by a blog called Guido Fawkes, reads. The broadcaster is being asked to identify which “online lobby” they’re referring to.

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The outlet’s omission of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and their amendment thereafter, led to a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, notifying the BBC of the government’s ongoing concern.

“Unlike all other countries listed,” he wrote, “in Israel’s case, our capital Jerusalem is not classified by the BBC as such but rather as a ‘Seat of Government.'”

Although Palestine is not an internationally recognized state, Palestinian athletes will be competing at this summer’s games.

Judoka Maher Abu Remeleh became the first Palestinian athlete to qualify for this year’s Olympics, which begin on July 27th.  His coach, Hani Halabi, called Remeleh’s qualification “the greatest achievement in the history of Palestinian sports”.

Screenshot of BBC's Israel Olympics page, which notes Jerusalem as Israel's "Seat of Government". Photo: screenshot.

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  • Bigolfascist

    I am surprised the BBC didn’t call it, “Al-Quds” as does the Obama Administration. Ironic, that Great Britain was the author of the Balfour Declaration and signatory to the 1948 Mandate. A couple of pieces of history they would like to forget since they have been been invaded and conquered?

  • HY GERSHON

    The BBC caters to and kowtows to the Arabs and their so-called Palestinian State, which never existed, and ignores the 2,000 year historical fact that JERUSALEM has always been the Capital of the Jewish State. They deny history and are a disgrace to the Communication Service that they represent. They speak for narrow-minded bigots and know-nothings. Everyone knows that the “Seat of Government” in any country is located in its capital. The BBC is famous for their DT (DOUBLE TALK).

  • HY GERSHON

    The BBC caters to and kowtows to the Arabs and their so-called Palestinian State, which never existed, and ignores the 2,000 year historical fact that JERUSALEM has always been the Capital of the Jewish State. They deny history and are a disgrace to the Communication Service that they represent. They speak for narrow-minded bigots and know-nothings. Everyone knows that the “Seat of Government” in any country is located in its capital. The BBC is famous for their DT (DOUBLE TALK).

  • HY GERSHON

    The BBC caters to and kowtows to the Arabs and their so-called Palestinian State, which never existed, and ignores the 2,000 year historical fact that JERUSALEM has always been the Capital of the Jewish State. They deny history and are a disgrace to the Communication Service that they represent. They speak for narrow-minded bigots and know-nothings. Everyone knows that the “Seat of Government” in any country is located in its capital. The BBC is famous for their DT (DOUBLE TALK).

  • kevobx

    Jeremiah 11:9 And the Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (*John 8:33* The Negro went into bondage in Egypt, why?) *Jeremiah 42:19 The Lord hath said concerning you, O ye remnant of Judah; Go ye not into Eygpt; know certainly that I have admonished you this day. (*Jeremiah 42:5 Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us. *Revelation 19:10 And I saw heaven opened, behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.) The white man sits on a white horse, conquering the world, he is god in his eyes, red blooded. Thou is Esau, reading Jeremiah 49:7-12

  • Saidi

    The only Palestinian sport I know of is murdering Israelis, hardly a qualification for inclusion in the Olympics.

    • Actualy it is the best, and the most successful. Look at Munchen 1972. Stellar performance in the Jihadi Arts

      • Saidi

        Nicely put, but at least the Olympic bigwigs didn’t think ahead so there was no official gold medal given to a NOT country.

        Unfortunately, the Olympic committee engages in international politics.

        • Bigolfascist

          Go away, Troll.

  • Eric R.

    Israel should have expelled the BBC and most other Marxist/Nazi (same difference when it comes to Israel) European news networks years ago.

    And throwing out the NY Slimes would not be such a bad idea, either.

  • Allan Pogrund

    Does anyone watch the BBC weather report on the Middle East? Israel does not exist in the BBC’s summary. Jew hatred continues in the U.K.

    • Israel is not the Middle East. Israel is southern Europe, or actualy, the source of what Europe aspires to be.

      • Saidi

        Actually, Israel is part of Asia.


  • There is no difference between the BBC and DER STURMER…..Every BBC reporter aspires to be the next Josef Goebbels – that’s obvious!

    • Chaya

      “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. ”

      Bob Dylan

  • Mo

    How can we trust BBC as a news agent?

    • Joy

      Basically, you can’t… They’re paralyzed with a cross between PC and anti-Semitism – quite a mind-numbing (literally) combination!

  • What else could be expected, if London became “the beacon of Islam” and queen of England that is supposed to be the Christian monarch and head of the church pretending to be the Christian Church, begins first day of her jubilee with Arabian horses races, not with the public thanksgiving to God in the main Christian Cathedral in London?
    Concerning decision of the Jerusalem and Israel mistreatment, see my blog, http://cyberdefense-systems-logic.blogspot.com/ post for June 5, 2012.

    • Joy

      Well, I might agree with you, except you’ve got that horse thing all wrong: Namely, so-called “Arabian” horses are just about the BEST form of life that’s ever descended from the Arabian penninsula!! Forget the camel jockeys – they’re all a pathetic lot and obviously a mutation that G-d forgot to self-destruct (as in non-survival of the non-fittest!).

      Ah, but those magnificent horses, the progenitor of thorougbreds that provide the “stars” of what is rightly known as the Sport of Kings! They’re simply beautiful animals and race with elegance and speed that’s outmatched only by cheetahs and a few other very fast breeds!

    • Joy

      Well, I might agree with you, except you’ve got that horse thing all wrong: Namely, so-called “Arabian” horses are just about the BEST form of life that’s ever descended from the Arabian penninsula!! Forget the camel jockeys – they’re all a pathetic lot and obviously a mutation that G-d forgot to self-destruct (as in non-survival of the non-fittest!).

      Ah, but those magnificent horses, the progenitor of thorougbreds that provide the “stars” of what is rightly known as the Sport of Kings! They’re simply beautiful animals and race with elegance and speed that’s outmatched only by cheetahs and a few other very fast breeds!

      • Hi, Joy. I love the horses with Arabian blood: at least twelve generations of my Greek ancestors held the race horses of pure Arabian blood, including my great grandfather, whose estate in Ukraine before 1917 revolution had 12-stable barn especially for Arabian stallions. My point is islamization of the UK, therefore, destruction of the state that is a part of the Western civilization. Could it be the consequence of corruption (and consequently degeneration) of the kings who multiplied horses, as Moses warned in Deuteronomy 17:16, and not only a new wave of traditional European anti-Semitism?
        From my history studies, I learned that the Holy Scriptures define all patterns of survival and collapse of all nations, especially those that pretend to live by the religion that has The Ten Commandments as the main law {Matthew 22:36-40}. Anti-Semitism as the violation of the second main commandment (love to the neighbor) has the most devastating effect on those who are not afraid to hold hatred to the nation chosen by God.

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