The official website of the London Olympics decided that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel Monday morning, a day after publishing country profiles that named the city as the capital of Palestine and left Israel with no seat of power.
The change appeared on the site shortly after a Times of Israel reporter called to ask for comment on Jerusalem’s designation as the capital of “Palestine.”
That change apart, the site as of Monday was still listing the currency used within the Palestinian Authority as the United States dollar, whereas the Jordanian dinar is the official currency of the PA, and the Israeli shekel is used in everyday practice.
Palestine, on the site, is listed in Asia, while Israel has been transported to Europe.
The Olympics are set to kick off in London in August.
“It’s a shame a nonpolitical body makes the most absurd political statements,” a Foreign Ministry spokesperson told The Times of Israel earlier Monday, referring to the site’s initial designation of Jerusalem as the capital of “Palestine” and of Israel as being without a capital. “Some people don’t recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, but to make a statement of recognizing a country that doesn’t exist? Absurd.”
A spokesperson for the London games’ public affairs committee said the site was recently launched and there were “a few issues” that had to be sorted out. The bottom line? “We have now made the changes on the website.”
Earlier in April, the Guardian newspaper in London prompted bitter criticism from the Foreign Ministry when it “corrected” a caption which had listed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Tel Aviv is in fact the capital of Israel, the paper informed its readers.