The Palestine Liberation Organization's mission to the United Nations has, on its logo, wiped Israel off the map.
The logo is displayed on the website of the Palestinian Authority's mission to the U.N., which is technically represented by the PLO, the “sole representative of the Palestinian people.”
The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine, as it is known, displays on the website – and reportedly on the letterhead of its official reports – a map that shows Israel, Judea, Samaria and Gaza as a single entity, according to Weekly Standard blogger Anne Bayefsky. “Absent from the logo is any hint that Palestine consists of anything other than Arab territory,” she writes.
Although it is not clear how long the logo has been displayed on the mission's website, the news comes as no surprise.
As far back as 2008, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was filmed at a PLO Central Committee meeting with an emblem that negated the existence of the State of Israel, hanging in the background. The emblem included the PA flag above a map which depicted Palestine replacing the entirety of the State of Israel.
There have also been numerous other cases in which official PA media have broadcast maps of the region, obliterating Israel completely, and replacing it with the PA flag.
In April 2011, the media watchdog organization Palestinian Media Watch documented professional unions and private PA groups displaying maps that showed a rifle and quill over “Palestine” – which spread from the Lebanese border in the north, to Eilat in the south, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.
The maps were circulated at the same time that Abbas was busy campaigning for his current bid to attain international recognition of the PA as a sovereign state, based on the 1949 Armistice Lines.