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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I August 2009
Israeli advert
banned in UK
Britain’s Advertising Standards the Golan Heights were the subject
Authority (ASA) has banned an of much international dispute. And
advertisement showing the West because we considered that the ad
Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights implied that those territories were part
as part of Israel. of the state of Israel, we concluded
The advertising watchdog decided that the ad was misleading,” the
to remove the posters -- promoting ASA said in its ruling adding that
tourism in Israel -- after receiving the advertisement was banned from
hundreds of complaints, protesting that appearing in the same form again, The
the ad featured a map that misleadingly Guardian reported on Wednesday.
implied the occupied territories were Israel’s Ministry of Tourism,
internationally recognized as part of however, denounced the complaints
Israel. as politically motivated, saying that the
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, map, which includes the West Bank,
Jews for Justice for Palestine and 442 Gaza Strip and Golan Heights as part
members of the public were among of Israel, was intended for tourism and
those who called for the removal of travel information and was not meant
the “Experience Israel” posters. to carry a political message.
“We understood that the borders Israeli forces occupied the West
and status of the occupied territories Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights
of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and during the Six-Day War in 1967.
Hired Killers Were on a
“Crusade to Eliminate Muslims”
It sounds like a scene from 24 of Christian supremacy, knowing and invaded a sovereign nation without
Blackwater, the company of hired wanting these men to take every legal pretext. It seems that this wasn’t
killers that were sent to Iraq following available opportunity to murder enough. Hired killers were then
America and Britain’s illegal invasion, Iraqis. Many of these men used call allowed in to the country to wage an
are being brought to court by the signs based on the Knights of the open crusade against Muslims.
lawyers representing the innocent Templar, the warriors who fought the As more stories like this reach the
Iraqi families whose lives these Crusades”. ears and eyes of Muslims across the
mercenaries destroyed. It stated that Blackwater country, they are surely going to be
A former employee of the company employees consistently used racist questioning just on whose interest
told the authorities that the founder and derogatory terms. Many of these our foreign policy in the Middle East is
of Blackwater, Erik Prince, views men used call signs based on the operating. It certainly does not seem
himself as a “Christian crusader Knights of the Templar, the warriors to be in the interest of the British
tasked with eliminating Muslims and who fought the Crusades”. people, as activities like this will only
the Islamic faith from the globe” and Blackwater is also under threaten our national security. It also
that his companies “encouraged and investigation for the suspected murder does nothing for social cohesion as
rewarded the destruction of Iraqi of one or more employees who have the exposure of various deceptions
life”. given information to the US federal perpetrated by our officials will only
A second former employee who authorities in the past. add to the anger and mistrust felt by
is testifying against Blackwater has The US and our own government British Muslims toward a government
told the authorities that Prince sent outright lied to all of us about the that neither listens to its wishes or
to Iraq those “who shared his vision basis on which they went to war and operates on its citizens’ behalf.
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