Israel advert ban appeal denied

Israel Tourism had adverts which featured the Western Wall banned by the ASA

Israel Tourism had adverts which featured the Western Wall banned by the ASA

An appeal against a ban on a holiday advert which described the Western Wall as part of Israel has been unsuccessful.

The Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) appealed after the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint in April that the Kotel was actually in the Occupied Territories.

An image on the advert for holidays in Israel showed a picture of the wall, with the gold Dome of the Rock in the background, captioned “Jerusalem”.

A spokesman from the ASA said: “After careful consideration, including of a report from the Independent Reviewer, the ASA Council has decided not to overturn its original upheld decision.

“The original adjudication will remain unchanged.”

Last updated: 11:37am, August 3 2010