by David Harris
The Advertising Standards Authority, Britain’s independent regulator of advertising in the media, recently criticized Israel for – shock of shocks – including a photo of the Western Wall in a tourism advertisement placed in British newspapers.
It asserted that Israel had no right to do so because the Western Wall is technically in east Jerusalem, and Israel cannot claim authority over land there. It is, therefore, “misleading,” the ASA said, for Israel to suggest that the Western Wall is as much a part of the Jewish state as the beaches of Tel Aviv, also featured in the same ad.
The ruling implies that the Western Wall – which, as the last remaining relic of the Second Temple, represents Judaism’s holiest site – should either be erased from future ad campaigns or designated as “occupied territory.”