Saturday, July 28, 2012
Olympics organizers and BBC disrespect Israel!
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
The Olympics opening ceremonies took place last night – yet intensifying controversies involving Britain, Israel, and the Middle-East are taking center stage!
As Americans who appreciate how vital it is that we stand with Israel, we know this issue is OUR business, too. The fact is, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob promises great blessing for those who respect and affirm His chosen people! Please see my important call to action below – Mat.
The British Broadcasting Company’s (BBC) Olympic website intentionally omitted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Israeli page of the BBC 2012 Olympic website refers to Jerusalem as the “Seat of government, though most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv.”
Further, the website lists “East Jerusalem” as the “Intended seat of government” of “Palestine,” even though there is no nation in the world recognized as “Palestine.”
The BBC omission is blatant discrimination and the result of a wrongful political agenda that does not belong in the Olympic games and venues!
Mark Regev, Foreign Press and Public Affairs Advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called the omission “discrimination” in a letter to Paul Danahar, BBC Middle East Bureau Chief.
Here’s what Regev said…
“Every country (and non-country) participating in the London 2012 games appears with its background information about the country, including mention of the capital city. Every country (and non-country), except Israel.
Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, and, accordingly, we respectfully request the immediate rectification of this matter.”
++Israel disrespected. Palestine praised!
Prior to Israel’s protest, the BBC website listed Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and clearly censored the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
To increase the intentional insult, the photos in sections identifying the nations of Iran, Syria, and Libya as Olympic participants depict peaceful cultural scenes, while the picture for Israel shows an Israeli soldier confronting a protestor!
Following several letters from Mr. Regev, the BBC modified the website to list Jerusalem as the “Seat of government” for Israel and Jerusalem as the “Intended seat of government” for “Palestine.” These changes still do not rise to the level of a courteous, decent treatment of Israel as a nation.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said…
“We cannot accept those who deny our history, our sovereignty, and our right to determine our own capital… Irrespective of the BBC’s political agenda, Jerusalem is, was, and always will be the capital of Israel.”
Since King David made Jerusalem a capital city, the Holy City has played a key role in the government, culture, religion, and history of the Jewish nation. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city! The BBC should list this fact on its Olympics website, like it has done for every other country.
++The Olympics should transcend politics.
Liberty Counsel has developed a special “Stand with Israel” open letter that will be delivered to the BBC New York office; the International Olympic Committee (IOC) offices; the Israeli Embassy in Washington; and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C.
This outrageous discrimination against the sovereign state of Israel cannot be tolerated! Time is very limited for us to stand with Israel – and demand that this overt politicization of the Olympic games be rectified immediately
Click here to read and add your name to the open letter which will be delivered next week: