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Jerusalem the focus of CNN weather war

Aiming to be accurate, site gets praise, barbs

Sometimes talking about the weather isn’t so simple.

CNN.com’s weather site recently started listing Jerusalem as a city in Israel — but with this caveat: “The status of Jerusalem, the seat of Israeli government, is the most contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Palestinian and Arab leaders consider part of Jerusalem the capital of the prospective Palestinian state.”

The Anti-Defamation League commended CNN.com’s returning Jerusalem to the world weather page — previously it had been a standalone city without a country designation — but called the explanation “gratuitous.”

“The conditions and forecast, whether hot or cold or sunny or rainy, do not warrant political commentary,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL.

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