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Boo to Hasbroby michael • February 22 2008
Jerusalemite blogged not long ago about an ongoing contest sponsored by Hasbro to determine the cities to be immortalized in Monopoly form. Thanks to a concerted effort by the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Jewish media in the US, Jerusalem is high in the runnings, and all was well - until a mid-level employee at Hasbro yanked the "Israel" from "Jerusalem, Israel."
Jerusalemite of course agrees. It would have been preferable, and certainly more accurate, to list the city as "Jerusalem, Jordan." Jerusalem's character has been most heavily influenced by the years of Jordanian rule, and the country's Hashemite rulers have inextricable historical, cultural, religious and ethnic links to the city. Israelis, on the other hand, have done absolutely nothing for the city and have no right to claim it as their capital - no matter where their government, or spiritual center, may be.
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