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Jerusalem is lost in translation
The al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem
Officials had hoped to attract tourists to the city
Tourism officials in Israel did little to sell the city of Jerusalem as a must-see for visitors when a brochure suggested it did not exist.

The sightseeing pamphlet was translated from Hebrew and should have read: "Jerusalem - there's no city like it!".

But instead the slogan in English read: "Jerusalem - there's no such city!", reported the Israeli newspaper Maariv.

Tens of thousands of the leaflets were distributed before the Jerusalem municipality realised its mistake.

The flyers were promoting a musical and arts festival held in the city in August.

Gidi Shermling, spokesman for the Jerusalem municipality, said: "The flyer was apparently translated by someone outside the municipality. In new publications this mistake has been removed."

Israel currently claims sovereignty over the entire city of Jerusalem, and claims it as its capital, after capturing East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war.

That claim is not recognised internationally and East Jerusalem is considered to be occupied territory.

Palestinians hope to establish the capital of an independent state in East Jerusalem.


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