Dutch advertising watchdog criticizes Israel tourism maps

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 30, 2010 18:49

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch  advertising watchdog on Thursday alleged that Israel is publishing misleading information on its tourism website that blurs the borders between Israel and occupied Arab territories.

The Advertising Code Committee stated in a nonbinding ruling that material distributed by the Dutch branch of the Israeli National Tourism Board does not "clearly show where the border lies between what is internationally recognized as Israeli territory and 'disputed' areas."

Pro-Palestinian activists complained that the maps gave the impression that parts of the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem are in Israel, as well as the Golan Heights captured from Syria.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor rejected the criticism Thursday. He says "the situation is ambiguous."


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