The U.S. State Department corrected an errant reference to “East Jerusalem” as part of the Palestinian territories following outreach from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).
In a press released titled “U.S. Department of State Announces Museums Connect Cultural Exchange 2013 Awardees,” the department had said the Palestinian Heritage Museum is located in “East Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories.”
“The State Department should not be referring to East Jerusalem as part of the ‘Palestinian Territories,'” ZOA wrote in a letter to Michael A. Hammer, assistant secretary in the Bureau of Public Affairs for the State Department. “The statement is inaccurate, contradicting longstanding U.S. policy that the status of Jerusalem is as yet undetermined and must be resolved in final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.”
ZOA on Wednesday thanked the State Department “for its immediate correction.”