[Another from the You Couldn’t Make It Up department. A big tip of the hat and vote of thanks to CiF Watch.]
Q: What is the capital of England?
Q: What is the capital of France?
Q: What is the capital of Israel?
A: That depends.
Eh? Surely everyone knows the capital of Israel is Jerusalem? Well, not quite everyone.
Here is an entry in the Guardian‘s Corrections and clarifications section:
The caption on a photograph featuring passengers on a tram in Jerusalem observing a two-minute silence for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, wrongly referred to the city as the Israeli capital. The Guardian style guide states: “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is” (Eyewitness, 20 April, page 24).
It’s worthy repeating to highlight this nonsense:
The Guardian style guide states: “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is”
The Guardian style guide? Since when was that the arbiter of capital cities? Who the hell do these people think they are? What planet are they on? What right do they have to tell us what our capital is? If I were on Mastermind, The Weakest Link, or any other quiz program, would they accept Tel Aviv as an answer to the question about Israel’s capital because the Guardian style guide says it is so? It is absolutely barmy. It’s George Orwell’s 1984 in full flow, adapted for the anti-zionist phrase book.
Do read the post by AKUS at CiF Watch for a more polite, but equally scathing comment.
The only good thing about this nonsense – apart from the entertainment value – is that it exposes the warped mindset of Israel’s political foes in the British liberal (or sofa socialist) establishment. People holding this view really do need their head examined and a dose of reality administered. Quickly.