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When is a capital not a capital?

From BBC’s Israel Olympics page

The BBC, one of the best-respected news organizations in the world, has a very informative website dedicated to the London Olympics. Every country is listed with a map, its capital city, population, flag, medals won in previous Olympics, and the athletes representing that country. You can learn a lot from the site; for example, I didn’t know that Ouagadougou was the capital of Burkina Faso. Or that Argentina won six medals at the 2008 Olympics.

I also didn’t know that Jerusalem was located outside of Israel on a map. Or that, instead of a capital, Israel had a “seat of government.” Or that Israel was the only country where we needed to be told where other countries locate their embassies (Tel Aviv…thanks, BBC!). I learned all of that from the BBC’s Israel page. Incidentally, if you’re looking at the map and wondering where Jerusalem is if it’s just floating out there outside of Israel…fear not!  I found it. Funny…it was in the first place I looked.

As easy as it is to make fun of this, it’s not funny. It is exactly this subtle kind of discrimination and isolation that has festered into the open hatred of Israel we see today. At some point, it became acceptable for the Jewish state alone to not have a capital, but a seat of government (what, exactly, is the difference between a “capital” and a “seat of government?” Merriam Webster’s defines “capital” as “a city serving as the seat of government,” so what’s the word-game all about?)

This same treatment of Israel as somehow different – unwelcome – is what allows the bigots at the International Olympic Committee to refuse repeated requests to hold a simple minute of silence in honored of the Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Olympics. Bob Costas, who will be broadcasting the opening ceremonies, intends to hold his own moment of silence.

But this insidious treatment of Israel has to stop – and we have to call it out when we see it. If the BBC has something to say about Israel, they should just say it. If not, they should stop trying to mollify terrorists and their sympathizers and just call a capital a capital.

Author: Stand For Israel | July 23, 2012
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What do you think?

  • Sandi
    July 26, 2012
    12:24 pm

    It is the same set of tactics applied by those who perpetrate domestic violence. The intent is the same: create a sense of worthlessness that allows the persecution to continue. Shame on BBC!

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  • alfred
    July 23, 2012
    12:55 pm

    Yes, that is the initial step of a familiar pattern: first, isolate; second, discriminate; third, exterminate–the pattern over three-thousand years.

    The pattern of “otherness” made manifest.

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    • Dan C
      July 23, 2012
      8:46 pm

      Alfred, you forgot the rest of the pattern: the worthless human filth you were trying to placate still eventually attacks you, tries to enslave you and steals you blind, because a.) You were a fool to trust them in the first place, b.) They are, after all, just worthless human filth, and c.) Didn’t God tell you what would happen if you turned away from Israel?

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      • Sharon
        July 27, 2012
        12:12 pm

        I always go back to the “bullies on the block” theory-only thing they understand is a “beat-down.” Placating, negotiating, etc., seldom works-only greater power. They might rephrase their form of terror, but it is terror nevertheless.

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