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Claim: Wal-Mart is selling globes with Israel labelled as 'Palestine.'
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
Origins: With the current heightened tensions in the Middle East between Israelis and Palestinians, plenty of rumors (and calls for boycotts) are circulating about corporations that are allegedly openly supporting one side or the other. This is one which we haven't been able to verify has any validity to it.
In a survey of local stores (including
However, press reports indicate that apparently some Sam's Clubs outlets are selling "Semi-Precious Stone Mosaic Globes" (more decorative than functional) produced by a Chinese manufacturer which show a portion of the Middle East labelled as both "Palestine" and "Israel." (Actually, the word "Palestine" appears to be floating in the Mediterranean, while "Israel" is located where it should be.) Since the letters used to spell "Israel" are rendered in a dark-colored type against a dark background, users who don't look closely might easily come away with the impression that "Palestine" is present but "Israel" is not. Israel and its capital are indeed correctly identified on the globe, though.
Last updated: 30 November 2007
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