This post is inspired by a recent Scottish Friends of Palestine (SFoP) Press Release:
On 26 November 2011, the Guardian Weekend Magazine published a map under the title ‘Welcome To Northern Israel’ depicting a state of Israel encompassing the whole of historic Palestine including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
As part of a systematic disinformation campaign by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, the misleading map implies that the entire area is Israel and that the Occupied Palestinian Territory including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem are part of Israel.
This advert denies internationally sanctioned rights of the Palestinian people stipulated in several United Nations (UN) resolutions, including UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions 242 and 338. This international misrepresentation of facts aims to erase the historic realities of the Palestinian people and whitewash Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territories.
Please do two things straight away – they will take a few minutes but may make a big difference:
i) Please write to The Guardian to ensure that the public is not misled by such altered facts ii) Please file a complaint on the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) website.
Israel has not only pursued a systematic policy of annexing Palestinian land and violating Palestinian human rights; it also seeks to annihilate Palestinian existence and rights.
It will only take a few moments to file a complaint to The Guardian, who published the advert, and to the Advertising Standard Authority, who monitor misleading information and take subsequent legal action to rectify altered facts.
TAKE ACTION NOW – i) please submit a complaint to The Guardian:
Copy this letter as a template and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Madam, dear Sir
I write to emphatically object to Israel’s Ministry of Tourism advert featured on pages 23-25 of The Guardian Weekend Magazine on November 26, 2011.
The display of a map of Israel encompassing the whole of historic Palestine including Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem is misleading and an international misrepresentation of facts. It evidently aims to erase the historic realities of the Palestinian people and whitewash Israel’s occupation of Palestinian Territories.
As a reader of The Guardian I believe that such adverts harm the credibility of this highly regarded newspaper.
I urge you to refrain from placing any adverts that not only deny Palestinians their rights but also violate international law.
With many thanks and kind regards
TAKE ACTION NOW – ii) Please file a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
1- Visit: http://www.asa.org.uk/Complaints/How-to-complain/Online-Form/Step1.aspx
2- Select Criteria:
Type of Advertisement: Press
SubType: National Press, Regional Press and Magazines
3- Select: ‘I do not have a copy of the advertisement’
4- Where did you see the advert? The Guardian Weekend Magazine, pp. 23-25
5- When Did you see/hear the advert? 26 Nov 2011
6- Who was the advertiser? The Guardian Weekend Magazine
7- What was the Product? Advert (map) by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism
8- Description of complaint: Misleading map implying that the entire area it represents is Israel and that the Occupied Palestinian Territory does not exist
9- Fill in Your Personal Details
Very many thanks for your time.