France has hurriedly backtracked after calling a site in west Jerusalem “Palestinian territory” in a recent job advertisement, saying the statement was “a mistake.”
In a recent post to Careerjet.com, a job search engine, the French Consulate wrote that it was looking for a new employee in the French Institute of Jerusalem, located in Safra Square (which also houses City Hall) near the Old City.
Though Safra Square is indisputably a part of western Jerusalem, under the job’s “location” the ad said: “Jerusalem (Palestinian Territories).”
Ynet news reported that Israeli officials reacted furiously. “Those French clerks had better study history and geography before they post recruitment ads,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told the website.
The French consulate said it would look into the matter, but stressed that the institute was indeed not in Palestinian territory. Officials there said the location stated in the ad was likely a mistake, and did not reflect French policy.