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NBA's 'Palestine-Occupied' Territory Tag Called Out, Removed

NBA's 'Palestine-Occupied' Territory Tag Called Out, Removed
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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 02:12 PM

An NBA website listing "Palestine-occupied territory" was called out and removed from NBA.com, according to The Guardian.

The newspaper said the Israeli sports and culture minister took credit for getting the NBA to remove the wording, which the league said was provided by a third party.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the NBA gave website users the option to choose "Palestine – occupied territory" as their country of origin in an "All-Star 2018" poll, which spurred complaints from some Israeli officials.

Israeli sports minister Miri Regev called the Palestinian territories "an imaginary 'state'" in a letter to NBA president Adam Silver and the wording was not consistent with President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital, The Guardian reported.

The Guardian pointed out that the position differed from mainstream international views and of the United Nations, which refers to the West Bank and Gaza as "occupied."

"I view the inclusion of 'Occupied Palestine' in the list of countries appearing on your official website as legitimizing the division of the State of Israel and as gross and blatant interference, in contrast to the official position of the American administration and the declarations of President Donald Trump, who just recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Regev wrote to the NBA, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Kathy Behrens, the NBA's president of social responsibility, said that the designation was provided by a third-party contractor and apologized for its use, wrote the Jerusalem Post.

"We do not produce the country listings for NBA.com and as soon as we became aware of it, the site was updated," Behrens said, per the Post. "We apologize for this oversight, and have corrected it."

The Guardian wrote that Palestinians see east Jerusalem, captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 six-day war, as the capital of their future state. Israel claims the whole city as its capital, the newspaper said.

Trump announced earlier this month that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy there, a goal long sought by Israel, CNN reported.

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump's decision in a general assembly vote 128-9 with 35 countries abstaining, CNN noted.

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