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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Shamah, David
Date: Jul 22, 2008
Start Page: 18
Section: Economics
Abstract (Document Summary)

Perhaps even more impressive is WikiTravel (, which does have lots of traffic and has a page dedicated to Israel as well. As a site meant for the international backpacker set (that's the impression I get), WikiTravel is refreshingly more objective on Israel than some of the other sites geared to this crowd. It's a pleasure to see "Jerusalem" listed as Israel's capital without an "asterisk" next to the name. For the city description of Jerusalem, the site says that it is "the political and spiritual capital of Israel, as well as city sacred for millennia to three religions: Jews (the site of the Temple), Christians (the scene of Christ's Passion), and Muslims (site of the al-Aqsa Mosque)." Nary a word about "occupation," "illegal settlements," and all the other jargon that really has nothing to do with what a travelogue is supposed to be discussing.

Naturally, there is a section on "Disputed territories." And while I don't dispute Israel's rights in Judea and Samaria, I can understand how others would - after all, Israel didn't annex these areas, like Jerusalem and the Golan. The Israel site describes "the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem," and directs users to a "Palestinian Territories" site for more information, but takes pains to point out that anything written "is not a political endorsement of claims by either side in the dispute over the sovereignty of these territories."

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