Wednesday, February 20, 2008

From Hasbro, regarding removal of "Israel" from World Monopoly vote

Hasbro's response to my question as to why they suddenly removed Israel from the Jerusalem entry in the World Monopoly vote:
Parker Brothers, the makers of board game Monopoly has embarked upon an exercise to find the world¹s most popular cities as voted for by the public. It was never our intention to print any countries on the final boards and any online tags were merely used as a geographic reference to help with city selection. This is clearly stated in the terms and conditions of our campaign.

We would never want to enter into any political debate. We apologise for any upset this has caused our Monopoly fans and hope that they continue to support their favourite cities, all of which are deserving of a place on our final board - Monopoly Here and Now : The World Edition which will be released in Autumn 2008. The 20 pre-selected cities with the highest worldwide votes on February 29 2008 will make it onto the board. Plus voters will have from February 29 to March 9 2008 to vote on the most nominated Wildcard cities. Only the top two will make it on the board.
I replied that the decision to leave Israel or remove Israel is in any case a political decision, and I would just like to know the impetus behind the decision to suddenly remove it. Awaiting an answer.

Update: Their answer:
All country tags are currently being removed from the websites (there are 37 translations and it takes a while) ­ cities will only be represented by their common name as they will appear on the board. I hope this does not stop you from supporting Jerusalem a very worthy and wonderful city.

Update: According to Hasbro, the decision to pull Israel was as a result of complaints by Palestinian activists. The decision was made by a mid-level employee without consulting upper management. The later decision to rectify he situation by pulling all country names was made as a result of pro-Israeli complaints.

According to Hasbro, the countries were added in the voting for clarity purposes, but were never going to be on the final board in any case.

Further information.

Update: Hasbro has apologized.



Anonymous said...

My father, who was lobbying me to vote for Jerusalem, tells me that it was earlier listed as "Jerusalem, Israel."

Yehuda Berlinger said...

Yes. Then they removed Israel from Jerusalem, after pressure from Muslims. Two days later, they removed the country names from all cities, after pressure from Jews.