Israeli lawmaker upset Prince William’s itinerary lists Jerusalem as in ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’

Prince William in London, England, April 23, 2018. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin has called on the staff of Britain’s Prince William to correct the itinerary for his upcoming official visit to Israel.

Elkin is angry because the Prince’s schedule lists Jerusalem as being in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories.”

“United Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years and no distortion in the tour itinerary can change that reality,” Elkin said in a statement that also was posted on Facebook on Monday. “I expect the prince’s people to correct the distortion.”

ירושלים המאוחדת היא בירתה של ישראל כבר למעלה מ-3000 שנה. שום עיוות בדפי הכנה לסיור כזה או אחר לא ישנה את המציאות. אני…

Posted by ‎זאב אלקין Zeev Elkin‎ on Monday, June 18, 2018

“It’s regrettable that Britain chose to politicize the Royal visit,” Elkin also said, according to Ynet.

Elkin has announced that he will run for mayor of Jerusalem in elections scheduled for October.

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Prince William, who is also known by the title Duke of Cambridge, is scheduled to visit Jordan on June 24 and then travel to what his itinerary released by Kensington Palace refers to as Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The Occupied Palestinian Territories section of the itinerary says that the prince will receive a “short briefing on the history and geography of Jerusalem’s Old City from a viewing point at the Mount of Olives.”

His great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, is buried at the Mount of Olives.

He reportedly will visit the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Western Wall, all in the Old City, which are not specifically listed on his schedule, and could be labeled as private visits. However, his itinerary reportedly includes time for “allowing His Royal Highness to understand and pay respect to the religions and history of the region.”

William, who will be staying at the historic King David Hotel, will not be accompanied by his wife, the former Kate Middleton, who recently gave birth to the couple’s third child.

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