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17 July 2019 - 15 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ו תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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New Zealand government website removes Israel off the map E-mail

Immigration New Zealand, an official government website, published a fact sheet with a map of the Middle East that showed a “Palestine,” but not Israel.

Following a barrage of complaints on social media, the web page was removed, though screen shots remain.

The Israel Institute of New Zealand called for a retraction of the map.

“The most immediately obvious of the errors was a map mis-labeling the whole of modern-day Israel as ‘Palestine,’” said the institute’s director, Ashley Church.

“This is incredibly offensive and the equivalent of New Zealand Immigration displaying a map of the UK which removes Scotland and Wales and refers to the entirety of the British Isles as England.”

The fact sheet, which offered information about Palestinian immigrants to New Zealand, also identified East Jerusalem as “the designated capital of the State of Palestine.”

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