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GI appeals Israel Radio decisionto bar broadcast urging negotiations on the fate of Jerusalem

12/2007: GI appeals Israel Radio decisionto bar broadcast urging negotiations on the fate of Jerusalem
Date: 19.12.07

 

In early December, Israel Radio refused to broadcast an ad by the Geneva Initiative calling for Jerusalem to be divided, claiming the ad is politically contentious.

Thee radio station is, however, currently broadcasting another ad, by the "One Jerusalem" foundation, against dividing the city.

The ad by "One Jerusalem" state: "Each nation has a capital that belongs to it and only to it. The French have Paris, the English have London, and we have a whole and liberated Jerusalem. Above all places—Jerusalem, above all disagreements—Jerusalem, above all generations—Jerusalem. This is the time to rise up and pledge allegiance to Jerusalem; this is the time to tie a gold ribbon as a sign of solidarity with Jerusalem."

The GI ad, formulated as a response, states: "Each nation has a capital that belongs to it and only to it. The French have Paris, the English have London, the Palestinians—East Jerusalem, and we have a Jewish Jerusalem that is greater than ever. Above all places—Jerusalem, above all disagreements—Jerusalem, above all generations—Jerusalem. This is the time to bring peace to Jerusalem and agree with our neighbors on a solution for Jerusalem."

An official letter by Israel Radio's advertising branch to the advertising firm that produced the ad states: "In the sentence ' the Palestinians—East Jerusalem' – that's factually wrong. In the sentence ' and we have a Jewish Jerusalem that is greater than ever' – that needs to be checked for accuracy. In the sentence "and agree with our neighbors on a solution for Jerusalem' – discussing Jerusalem with the Palestinians is politically contentious."

GI is demanding the ad be broadcast or, alternatively, disqualify the ads by One Jerusalem. "No reasonable person can accept a decision stating that an ad siding with maintaining a unified Jerusalem is not contentious while an ad calling for its division is contentious," writes GI Director General Gadi Baltiansky to Israel Radio advertising Director General Avraham Farhi. "Is the opposition head's message valid while the deputy prime minister's message is invalid?"

The Israeli daily Ha'aretz has covered the correspondence between GI and Israel Radio in both a news item and a feature. Both are attached as links at the top of this page.