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Board Game Controversy! Where’s Jerusalem Again?

Hasbro, maker of the game Monopoly, is set to become a world leader in political geography: After a recent promotion for their forthcoming "World Edition" created some controversy, they swiftly and deftly nipped the problem in the bud. The international … Read More

By / February 26, 2008

Hasbro, maker of the game Monopoly, is set to become a world leader in political geography: After a recent promotion for their forthcoming "World Edition" created some controversy, they swiftly and deftly nipped the problem in the bud. The international crisis began when the company asked players to vote on what cities should be featured on the new board. Urban centers were listed alongside the countries in which they reside–which created a crisis in consciousness for Palestinians who claim Jerusalem as their own.

With arguments erupting over whether the location should be listed as "Jerusalem, Israel," or "Jerusalem, Palestine," Hasbro reacted the way any fed-up parent or teacher would in the face of squabbling children: "Fine," they all but said. "If you're going to fight over the countries, then you won't have any countries at all."

Perhaps John Lennon's "Imagine" played in the background as the countries were swiftly removed from the site. "Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too…" Too bad real life isn't dealt with as simply as board games.

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