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July 26, 2007

Israel Without a Capital?

Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize-winning medical relief organization, is currently sending out packages as part of a fundraising campaign. The packages include a request for a donation and a world map. The maps show every country in the world and every national capital ... except one. Israel -- which is identified as "Israel & Palestinian Territories" -- is the only country in the world without a capital on the map. Jerusalem is shown on the map, but is designated only as a city, not as a national capital.

By contrast, Taipei, the de facto capital of Taiwan -- which mainland China adamantly insists is part of its own sovereign territory and which most countries of the world do not technically recognize as a national capital -- is indicated on the map as the national capital of Taiwan.

The web site for the organization is Please draw attention to this organization's hypocrisy and the double standard it is applying by refusing to recognize Israel's capital on its maps. They can be contacted at their U.S. headquarters: 212-679-6800. Or you can submit a comment on their Web site by clicking here .

For other examples of Doctors Without Borders' anti-Israel bias, click here and here

Authored by Stephen Silver

Posted by LG at July 26, 2007 08:14 PM


By coincidence I happened to see the MsF map that Stephen Silver describes at a doctor's office this morning, a few hours before reading his comment. While it is true that Israel and Jerusalem are not indicated graphically, there are two columns of country and place names on the map, one of which identifies Israel and Jerusalem. The reason for these two lists, as is noted on the map, is due to the fact that the countries listed are too small to be shown graphically. I don't think that this was an intentional slight to Israel, but simply the result of trying to get a lot of information on a relatively small map, about 18" x maybe 30". Paul Spreiregen

Posted by: Paul Spreiregen at August 6, 2007 02:05 PM

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