Jerusalem----August 12......BMW on it's Internet site - - has replaced Israel on the world map with a nonexistent country called Palestine. A group of concerned Jews and non-Jews from Europe, North and South America and the Middle-East discovered this "mistake" about a week ago and have brought the matter to BMW's attention.
After receiving a response from BMW that the entire affair was the result of a simple mistake, members of this group dug deeper only
to find that the BMW site was created in Dubai - it was no "mistake".
Below you will find some of the most recent correspondence.

We truly trust that BMW will make a public apology on it's home page (not buried under some remote link) and admit it was wrong.
The INA does not see how BMW's map of the Middle-East will promote peace in the Middle-East or increase market share for BMW's investors.

BMW - Munich - Germany
Dep. Press Office for marketing and distribution
Mr. Uwe Mahla
Tel: + 49 8938223021
Fax: + 49 89 38224418

Dear Mr. Mahla,
We finally conclude, that your very poor excuse of "oversight and mistake", is a sullen and deceitful cop-out excuse to rid yourself of the truth behind it all.

The truth is:
These BMW Middle East sites, we have pointed out to you, have been intentionally designed and put on the net and have as addressee of website:

Domain Name: BMW-ME.COM
Created on: 09-DEC-97
Expires on: 07-DEC-02
Last Updated on: 20-JAN-01
Administrative Contact:
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PO Box 27550
Dubai, NA NA
+971 4 265 1533
+971 4 269 6100

We are convinced as a head of public relations for BMW, such couldn't have failed your attention what so ever Sir, since the official BMW site is directly related to the country of Dubai.
Each franchise system anywhere world wide Sir, normally calls for the mother house to give green light for their advertising campaign, or by this matter web-design, etc... !!!!!

This means BMW willingly and intentionally assures Arabs intentions and Arab political demands in order to eliminate Israel from the picture of the Middle East, and create a so called "Palestinian sovereign State" intentionally despite the fact, that there is no such sovereign State.

It is therefore obvious that you follow Arab political intention, which as we all know are, that there must be NO State of Israel.
You willingly followed into such proclamation by accepting such web-design for publication.

This Sir, is not any mistake nor oversight.
This is another way of giving a lending hand to Islamic Jihad to declare the State of Israel as none existing in the eyes of the Muslim world , and therefore encouraging their Jihad against the State of Israel.

I copy here below again a copy of Jack de Lowe, Raanana, Israel, thanking him for his help in the issue and his sources.

This is a shameful "Frechheit" of cheap and common anti-Semitism in it's worst form once again, behind closed doors hoping one does not find out, and support of Arab deceit.

Therefore the site has not been adjusted with corrections, but rather quietly removed ..... and the service site was left intact.

If the sites are not coming back up with their proper country descriptions as they are, etc.. we assume you follow suite to only Arab business and Arab politics.

If such is your intent, then we have no alternative as to assure all Israelis and Jews world wide are taking the consequences.
Ms. G. Goldwater
Switzerland, Geneva,

BMW's map of the Middle-East.
Taken from Hamas, Islamic Jihad or Hezbollah?

Dear Mr. Mahla,

Although you are listed as the head of public relations for BMW, as it appears you are either unable or unwilling to find the source of 'your' problem, I have presented below the findings from one of the thousands that BMW has irreparably alienated.

The offensive material on the official BMW site originated in Dubai (as traced below). Nonetheless, BMW approved and used the material and therefore must be held responsible for what is clearly a political statement. In using this material, BMW is saying that Israel is not a legitmate state and that BMW considers 'Palestine' to be the only legitimate entity in this area.

It is clear that BMW does not understand that when it comes to business, you must keep your politics out. Failure to do so can only cost you business.

BMW has failed to use good judgement and failed to show good faith in this matter and I trust that all who hear of it will act accordingly.

Jack de Lowe
Raanana, Israel
P.S. A special thanks to those involved in tracing the source and especially to Alain in Brazil. Great work.

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