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Bridget Johnson


July 23, 2012 - 9:13 am

The BBC has refused to name a capital for Israel on its Olympic Games site.

Whereas, for example, Iran’s country page lists “Capital: Tehran,” the Israel page lists no capital but “Seat of government: Jerusalem, though most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv.”

The page for “Palestine,” meanwhile, says instead of capital “Intended seat of government: East Jerusalem. Ramallah serves as administrative capital.”

Tweeted Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.): “Fact: #Jerusalem is the capital of #Israel. Disappointed @BBCNews refuses to recognize this on its Olympic site”

At the request of Israel, the International Olympic Committee — which has held fast on its denial of a minute of silence to recognize the Munich 11 — contacted the BBC to ask that the website be corrected to list Jerusalem as the capital.

The BBC pages originally just listed Jerusalem as belonging to Palestine. Saying that “an error was made when the data was uploaded,” the Beeb then changed it to its current “seat of government” listing.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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