Come to Palestine! A warm, humorous, and hospitable archeological wonderland that stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean and incidentally has no relation to Jewish history or any sovereign Jewish state called Israel or anything Jewish, and we don’t know how all those big flat stones that the Al-Aqsa Mosque sits on got there or who Rachel’s Tomb is named after, thank you very much!
Here’s the ad:
Clearly, since their bloody campaign of perpetual terror still hasn’t driven Israel out of the neighborhood, the Palestinians have decided to just pretend that they aren’t there. Which may not be all bad. I’m sure lots of Israelis would prefer to be ignored instead of incinerated in city buses and blown to pieces in pizza parlors.
I’m just not getting the tourist’s dream destination angle though. I keep getting this absurd image of Mom and Dad gathering the kids around the kitchen table and holding up glossy brochures depicting men in keffiyehs throwing rocks and torching cars. “Well, kids, where should we go on our summer vacation? Disneyworld or the World Capital of the Eternally Pissed Off?”
Yeah. Um-hum. I’m sure it happens all the time.
From the Guardian:
According to the advert from the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, appearing in this month’s edition of National Geographic’s Traveller magazine, “Palestine is a land rich in history with a tradition of hospitality. From the famous cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, Nablus and Gaza, the Palestinian people welcome you to visit this Holy Land.”
It continues: “Starting from the earliest religious pilgrims, the country has seen famous visitors come and go.
“Palestine lies between the Mediterranean coast and Jordan River, at the crossroads between Africa and Middle East. It takes a visit to this wonderful country to appreciate the most palpable facet of its culture: the warmth and humour of the Palestine people.”
Wonderful country? Warmth and humor? Excuse me. Here are some pictures you can view while I take a moment to bite a couch cushion.
Well, I suppose that Germany was a warm, humorous and wonderful place to visit in the late thirties as well. I’m sure the Third Reich was just bursting with warm and humorous “culture” — as long as you weren’t Jewish.
Anyway, according to the Jerusalem Post, there have been some objections to the Palestinians publishing ads that essentially blot out the presence of Israel and elect themselves the de facto heirs of all the cultural and historical treasures in the region.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that in the last few days it had received 60 complaints about the advert – published by the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, “the official website for tourism in Palestine” – which appeared in National Geographic’s Traveler magazine.
“I can confirm that the ASA has received 60 complaints about the Travel Palestine ad that appeared in the National Geographic magazine,” an ASA spokesman told the Post. “I can also confirm that the ASA has launched a formal investigation into the ad.”
According to the ad, “Palestine lies between the Mediterranean coast and Jordan River, at the crossroads between Africa and Middle East.”
“If you consult the map of this region you will see that this is like describing Portugal as lying between the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean,” said London lawyer David Lewis in a letter to the ASA. “At the very least it implies that ‘Palestine’ has a Mediterranean coastline; but while this is true as regards to Gaza, that territory is not within the de facto jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.
“More seriously, it implies that Palestine occupies the whole or the bulk of the territory between the Mediterranean and the Jordan, ignoring the existence of Israel.”
The Zionist Federation of the UK said the advert was misleading as it gives the “false impression” that Palestine is a country; that Jerusalem is part of Palestine, and that Palestine extends from the Mediterranean to the Jordan.