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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | December 13, 2018

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Alarm over Britain’s terminology

Israeli leaders and supporters were alarmed and dismayed by Britain’s reference to Palestinian territories (including East Jerusalem and the Old City) as “occupied” in statements about Prince William’s visit there.

The royal family traditionally take a non-political stance but this was regarded as heavily nuanced in favour of the Arab position. Referring to them as “disputed” territories would have been more acceptable and diplomatic.