to replace Palestine with Israel on Web site
By MICHAEL FREUND
August 11, 2002
In response to a flurry of protests, BMW has agreed to correct
its Middle East division's Web site, which showed "Palestine"
in place of Israel, a company spokesman told The Jerusalem Post.
Rob Mitchell, the BMW Group's North American director of corporate
communications, said on Friday the company had received "quite
a number" of calls from people objecting to the omission of
Israel from a map on the Internet indicating the location of BMW
dealers in the Middle East.
"The minute we got the calls, we contacted our colleagues
over there," said Mitchell, referring to the company's Middle
East division. "They removed the link and are working to correct
BMW also issued a press release stating, "BMW Group regrets
having published this map on one of its Internet sites. Obviously
there have been faults in designing and programming this site. We
are working on correcting these faults as soon as possible.
"As a car manufacturer, we are not involved in Middle East
politics, do not support any of the given political attitudes, and
did not aim to make any kind of political statement."
This is not the first time that BMW has been the object of criticism
from Israel and world Jewry.
In August 1998, a class-action suit was filed against the company
in New York regarding its use of Jewish slave-labor during the Holocaust.
BMW later agreed to take part in a German compensation fund in exchange
for protection from lawsuits in the US.