Friday, 27 July 2012

BBC: Israel Does Not Have a Capital

According to the BBC, this flag is not flowing in East Jerusalem. Image courtesy of Math Knight and Zachi Evenor.

Joel Kontinen

The BBC’s sports website is re-writing geography. It lists the names of the countries taking part in the London Olympic Games and their capitals. The BBC informs us that the capital of a country called Palestine is East Jerusalem. However, the capital of Israel is ominously missing.

The BBC received so much feedback that it acknowledged that it might have made a mistake. Even in the new version Israel does not have a capital. It does mention that the seat of government is in Jerusalem and that the foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv.

This is not the first time the BBC has developed it own version of the geography and history of Israel.


Plosker, Simon. 2012. BBC Olympic Coverage Declares East Jerusalem as Palestinian Capital . Honest Reporting. (19 July).