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Travel Guide Details Israel as Palestine

It’s the ultimate contentious issue in the Middle East — how to define territory. This week, the Palestinian Authority’s representatives in the UK were disciplined by the country’s advertising watchdog for seemingly wiping Israel off the map. As part of its campaign, it published a map of Israel, in addition to the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in the red, green and black colors of the Palestinian flag. On the map was the slogan, “Discover Israel.” Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority concluded that the map was “misleading.” But the fight to get tourists to regard Israel as Palestine is still on.

Travel publisher Bradt has just released the first ever guide that covers Israel under the title “Palestine.” Most travel publishers avoid making such political statements by calling their guides something like “Israel and the Palestinian territories.” While the publisher’s blurb plays down the statement by saying that the book deals with “culturally Palestinian (Israeli Arab) enclaves found within Israel,” in interviews with the Palestinian media, author Sarah Irving says that the message is key. She told Maan News:

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